Fierce clashes between the Daesh group and pro-government forces in central Syria have left over 150 fighters dead, local media cited a monitor source as saying.
The report said 120 Daesh fighters “were killed in clashes in and around the town of Uqayribat, in the eastern Hama countryside, along with at least 35 government troops and loyalist militiamen,” according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The town is the jihadist group’s last bastion in the central province, apart from a handful of small villages.
Pro-government forces seized Uqayribat on Friday night, but the Daesh responded with a counter-offensive on Saturday, that left it in control of most of the town, Observatory chief, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.
An intense barrage of artillery fire and Syrian and Russian air strikes on jihadist positions, allowed pro-government forces to push the jihadists back out of the town and advance on villages to the west.
The Daesh has suffered multiple defeats across Syria and neighbouring Iraq in recent months, notably in its main Syrian base of Raqqa.
Syria’s conflict has killed more than 320,000 people, and displaced millions, since it started with anti-government demonstrations in 2011
Source: NAM News Network