The regime forces backed by intense Russian air cover launch a military operation to get  ISIS out of Hama Province after getting it out of Aleppo • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The regime forces backed by intense Russian air cover launch a military operation to get  ISIS out of Hama Province after getting it out of Aleppo

Successive explosions hit the eastern countryside of Hama this morning, the 3rd of July 2017, as a result of the violent and intensive raids carried out by the Russian and the regime’s warplanes, targeting ISIS-controlled areas in the villages of Al-Barghothiyyah, Abu-Hbaylat, Abu-Hanaya, Jana Al-‘Albawi, Hamada Omar, Salba, Massoud, Qulayb Al-Thawr, Al-Hardana, ‘Akash, Abu-Dalia and other areas controlled by ISIS near ‘Eqayrbat in the eastern countryside of Hama. These explosions coincided with clashes between the regime forces and their allied militiamen on one hand and ISIS on the other in the eastern and northeastern countryside of Hama, in an attempt by the regime forces to take a step ahead of ISIS forcing it away from Salamiyah- Ithriyah road which leads to Khanaser and Aleppo city; thus putting an end to its presence in the eastern countryside of Hama.

These clashes, which were initiated by the regime forces and which have been accompanying the ongoing escalated shelling for the last two weeks with ballistic missiles and shelling by the Russian and the regime’s warplanes. The launching of missiles, which are believed to be ground-to-ground, comes as part of a large-scale military operation, that followed taking control of Al-Rasafa – – Ithriyah road and ending ISIS presence in Aleppo Province; an operation by which the regime forces are trying to advance for 45 km, extending from Shahed point 9 and Shahed point 10, south-west of Al-Sheikh Hilal area in the eastern countryside of Hama to Al-Sha’er Gas Field in the eastern desert of Homs. Such an advancement, if achieved, would allow the regime forces to force ISIS to withdraw from an area of about 2500 km2, over both Homs and Hama Provinces; and thus would put an end to ISIS existence in Hama and fully secure the Salamiyah — Ithriyah -Khanaser-Aleppo road, which is the main artery nourishing the city of Aleppo and the regime-controlled areas in the Province, in addition to securing  the entire Palmyra-Homs road.

The SOHR published on the 30th of June 2017, that the regime forces led by Tiger Groups and supported by their Syrian and non-Syrian allied militiamen have begun the process of sweeping villages and hills in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo. Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that members of the “Islamic State” organization withdrew during the last hours of that night from the southern countryside of Aleppo to areas controlled by the organization in the Syrian desert, via hundreds of meters that the regime forces kept without control after they advanced into the road Al-Resafa – Ithriyah one day before that. The organization withdrew from the villages and the desert which it used to control in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo, to areas it controls in the Syrian Desert. And with such an advancement by the regime forces and their allied militiamen, of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, the presence of the “Islamic State” organization in Aleppo province came to an end. This advancement also secured the road of Aleppo – Khanasser  – Ithriyah completely, while the road from Ithriyah to Salamiyah remains exposed to the attacks of the organization which spreads at a close distance to the road in the eastern and northeastern countryside of Salamiyah city. This advancement also allows the regime forces to get closer to Twinan Gas Field which they have been striving to control.

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