Syrian army besieges last Daesh stronghold in Aleppo

March 24, 2017 2:24 pm

Syrian government
forces stand on a street with national flags after army and allied
forces took full of the strategic town of Salma, in the northwestern
province of Latakia, on January 12, 2016. (AFP photo)

The Syrian army is besieging
the last stronghold of the Takfiri in the northern
province of , weeks after launching a campaign to liberate the
entire province.

The Syrian Central Military Media said
Thursday that Syrian troops launched the siege on the Daesh-held town of
Deir Hafer, located on Aleppo-Raqqah highway, after capturing nearby
areas from the terrorists.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights also said Syrian government forces have now cut the road
linking Deir Hafer with Raqqah Province, the main Daesh stronghold in
the country.
Elsewhere
in northern Hama, Syrian army forces managed to push back militants
with Takfiri Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, known as al-Qaeda in , after
briefly losing ground to the terrorist organization in the west-central
city.
The Syrian army succeeded in consolidating its positions and it is currently engaged in heavy fighting with the militants.
The
offensives coincide with another in the eastern neighborhoods of
Damascus, where heavy clashes are underway between army forces and
Takfiri militants.
The militants have failed in their attempts
over the past days to reach the heart of the Syrian capital amid stiff
resistance by government forces.
The clashes are taking place
despite a truce which has been in place across Syria since last
December. The ceasefire does not include the Takfiri terrorists of
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and Daesh.
On Thursday, UN humanitarian
advisor on Syria Jan Egeland said the delivery of humanitarian aid to
almost 300,000 civilians in the outskirts of Damascus has been cut due
to the continued fighting in the area.
Nearly 161,000 civilians in
the besieged Douma rural area and 142,000 others in Kafr Batna have run
out of food stocks and all the routes to the areas have been blocked.
The
UN is preparing to send an aid convoy to Wadi Barada, a valley outside
Damascus on Friday, but humanitarian aid to other areas has been
stalled.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Expatriates wrote two letters to the UN, in which it held Saudi Arabia,
Turkey and Qatar responsible for the escalated fighting between
government forces and foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists on the
outskirts of Damascus.
The
ministry called on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities
and combat and criminal acts being perpetrated by Takfiri
terrorists.
The letters also read that such attacks are simply
aimed at undermining the UN-sponsored Syria peace talks, which opened in
the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday.
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