Monday, February 27, 2017

Syria: Clear Advance Of The Army In The North And Palmyra

The Syrian army made a breakthrough on Monday against the jihadists of the Islamic State (EI) group in the northern province of Aleppo and towards the ancient city of Palmyra (center), which it had lost in December.


In a fortnight, the Syrian army seized 18 villages including Tadef, south of the town of Al-Bab, a former fief of the EI, which was conquered last Thursday by the Turkish army allied with Syrian rebels, A source of security in Damascus told AFP on Monday.

According to the source, the army has taken control of 600 square kilometers in this part of the province of Aleppo, in northern Syria.
Rami Abdel Rahmane, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), confirmed the move, saying that the EI had withdrawn pre-emptively 23 new localities in the area before the army Take.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army on Monday joined the Syrian Democratic Forces (FDS), a coalition of Kurdish autonomists and anti-EI Arab fighters south of the town of Minbej, also in the north of Syria.

So close to Al-Bab, the face-to-face is strained with the Turkish military, whom Damascus considers "invaders", relations are much better with the FDS near Minbej.
"We are close to the forces of the regime in several places (in northern Syria) and there is a kind of truce between us, so there will be no fighting between us" in Minbej, 'AFP, the spokesman of the Talal Sello SDS.

According to Rami Abdel Rahmane, the Syrian army has three objectives in the north: "to prevent the Turkish forces allied with the rebels from advancing towards the south, to join the FDS and to take the locality of al-Khafsa, A water pumping station supplying the city of Aleppo, which has been shut down by the IE for a month and a half. "




In the center of Syria, the army moved closer to the ancient city of Palmyra and attempted to "tackle" the IJ jihadists "who had regained control of this archaeological jewel in December after the" Having already controlled between May 2015 and March 2016, according to a source of security in Damascus.

"We are close to the forces of the regime in several places (in northern Syria) and there is a kind of truce between us, so there will be no fighting between us" in Minbej, 'AFP, the spokesman of the Talal Sello SDS.

According to Rami Abdel Rahmane, the Syrian army has three objectives in the north: "to prevent the Turkish forces allied with the rebels from advancing towards the south, to join the FDS and to take the locality of al-Khafsa, A water pumping station supplying the city of Aleppo, which has been shut down by the IE for a month and a half. "
In the center of Syria, the army moved closer to the ancient city of Palmyra and attempted to "tackle" the IJ jihadists "who had regained control of this archaeological jewel in December after the" Having already controlled between May 2015 and March 2016, according to a source of security in Damascus.

"The forces of the regime are only 4 km from Palmyra. They have advanced rapidly in recent days by the southwest and the northwest and have seized heights dominating the city," specified for his part the OSDH.

In Idleb province in north-western Syria, where the jihadists of Fateh al-Cham, the former al-Qaeda branch, are dominant, the regime's aviation has carried out a murderous raid against Ariha's rebellious city.

Thirteen civilians, including three children, were killed in the night from Sunday to Monday on Ariha, according to the OSDH. Two four-storey buildings collapsed on their occupants.

Civil defense rescuer Leith Fares told AFP: "We have been working since 3:00 am (0100 GMT) to find the victims under the rubble of these buildings collapsed on their inhabitants."

"We have managed to remove 20 wounded and we are still looking for two families composed of a total of seven people," he added.

According to the OSDH, ten civilians were killed Saturday in raids on Ariha.

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