(News Desk) – Syrian army forces have liberated more areas in the southwestern province of Sweida from the grips of foreign-backed Takfiri militants, a report says.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, citing its correspondent in the province, reported that government troops managed to advance deeper in Sweida’s desert, known as Badyiah, against the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on Saturday morning, establishing control over new areas and strategic hills in the region.
The reported further said the new offensive resulted in liberating al-Zalf Dam and Ard al-Kira’a villages from the clutches of Takfiris, adding that the army unites continued to advance toward al-Safa hills, Alam hill, al-Hibiryia and Bir al-Sheikh Hussein villages as they were shelling positions and fortifications of Daesh terrorists along the way.
Heavy losses were inflicted upon terrorists in the personnel and equipment, the correspondent added.
According to the report, the army’s engineering units were busy combing the rural areas to discover and defuse planted landmines and explosive devices by terrorists in order to secure the return of locals.
Sweida, which is largely under the control of the Syrian government troops, is home to the Druze minority, from which Daesh abducted some 30 women and children last month following a brutal attack that killed more than 250 civilians. The province has been relatively insulated from Syria’s seven-year bloody war launched by foreign-backed militants and terror group against Damascus.
Last month’s attacks were the bloodiest ever seen in the province, as well as some of the deadliest launched by Daesh in the war-torn country.
Syria troops defeated Daesh late last year and took back all the urban bastions once the terror group had under its control, but the group’s remnants have been trying to regroup and have mounted a series of hit-and run attacks.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.