The Army units targeted the militants’ hideouts and concentration camps in Daraa countryside, killing tens of terrorists and injuring dozens more.
A large number of Al-Nusra Front terrorists were killed and their military hardware were destroyed in the army operations.
Other army units also destroyed several vehicles of the terrorists in Tal al-Harra in the Northwestern countryside of Daraa near the border with the occupied Syrian Golan.
Also in the past 24 hours, the Israeli Air Force resumed airstrikes on Western Syria, targeting Brigade 68 Base in Khan Al-Sheih in Damascus province and Brigade 90 Base in the al-Quneitra province after a six hour halt in attacks that followed their multiple air raids over the Golan Heights.
The Brigade 68 Base has no heavy weaponry that can reach Israel’s borders and the soldiers inside its parameters have been under siege by the al-Qaeda-linked group of al-Nusra Front and their allies from Ajnad al-Sham and Jeish al-Islam.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli aircrafts were identified as helicopters that crossed into the Syrian Golan Heights before midnight on Thursday night.
Meantime, the Syrian Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – finally lifted the six-month-long siege of the Al-Jourah District after they broke through the ISIL terrorists’ frontline at the Al-Qusour district, sources said.
The sources said that the Syrian army, after lofting the siege of al-Jourah, began to bring in humanitarian aid for the 20,000 residents of the Al-Jourah district, providing them food, medical supplies, and large cases of water.
In addition to their success at the al-Jourah district, the Syrian soldiers cleared the al-Muri’iyah Farms after intense clashes with the terrorist group inside this village that borders the Deir Ezzur Military Airport to the East.
Firefights between the Syrian army and the ISIL were also reported inside the al-Rashidiyah, al-Hamidiyah, al-Jubeileh, Old Airport, al-Kanamat, Sheikh Yassine, and al-Husseiniyeh Districts of Deir Ezzur City.
Inside al-Jafra, the Syrian army troops targeted an ISIL hideout near the Jafra-Hatla axis, resulting in the death of 13 enemy combatants.
Elsewhere, the Syrian Army’s 63rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division, the Hezbollah fighter, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) continued their full-scale siege of al-Zabadani, capturing more territory from Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front inside the city in the West of Syria, informed sources said.
The sources confirmed that the Syrian forces and Hezbollah began their assault inside the Uthman Neighborhood near al-Zabadani’s city-center, killing 13 enemy combatants from Ahrar al-Sham and the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) before they were able to seize the entire area from the aforementioned rebel units.
Following the capture of the Uthman Neighborhood, the Syrian army and the Lebanese resistance movement advanced to the Rawada Al-Bara’am Neighborhood, where they experienced similar success as the previous assault, killing 9 enemy combatants from Ahrar al-Sham and the FSA before they would impose full control over this area near al-Zabadani’s city-center.
In addition to their success near Al-Zabadani’s city-center, Hezbollah and the Syrian soldiers captured the Haql al-Jouz Zone near the al-Bayt Mosque after intense firefights with Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham combatants on Thursday afternoon.
As of Thursday night, Hezbollah and the Syrian army men have approximately 1 square kilometer of territory left to go before the strategic city of al-Zabadani is under their control.
Meantime, the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement foiled the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ infiltration attempts into the Jawsiyah border-crossing to open a new supplying line towards Syria.
Two hours after Hezbollah and the Syrian Army’s 4th Mechanized Division recaptured the vast hills of Jaroud Qa’a and Jaroud Ba’albak, the ISIL regrouped to mount another powerful assault on the Jawsiyah border-crossing into Syria from their positions inside Lebanon’s Northern parts.
The terrorist group stormed the hills of Jaroud Qa’a and Jaroud Ba’albak for the second time in 72 hours, targeting a number of Hezbollah and Syrian army controlled checkpoints near the border with Syria; however, the ISIL combatants were unable to attain the same level of success that they achieved against Hezbollah and the Syrian army two days ago.
Unable to penetrate the Lebanese Resistance’s frontlines at Jaroud Qa’a and Al-Na’imat, the ISIL combatants were forced to withdraw after sustaining a significant number of casualties.
The ISIL has recently concentrated on this area of Northeastern Lebanon after they launched a number of failed offensives in the ‘Arsal District of the Ba’albak Governorate that eventually led to a counter-assault by Hezbollah in May of 2015.