DAMASCUS, The Syrian army declared on Monday the full defeat of the Daesh group in the southern region after capturing the al-Safa hills area east of Sweida province, according to the state TV.
The army said in a televised statement that the achievement comes after the Syrian forces captured an area estimated at 380 square km in the Syrian desert in southern Syria.
It added that the liberated area is important as it was the last stronghold of Daesh in southern Syria.
The Syrian army started the operation in the eastern countryside of Sweida following the July 15 attack by Daesh on areas in Sweida, during which 260 people were killed and around 30 others kidnapped by the terror-designated group.
The military operations dragged on and the army managed earlier this month to secure the release of the hostages from Daesh grip while escalating the attacks on Daesh in the desert of Sweida until fully liberating the area.
In its statement, the army stressed that it will continue to fight terror groups located on Syrian soil.
Over 425 militants have been killed since the army started its operations in the countryside of Sweida on July 25, a military source said.
With Monday's declaration, the entire province of Sweida is free of Daesh.
Sweida, a predominantly Druze area, has remained largely calm during the more than seven-year-long war in Syria, except for the countryside of that province, as Daesh had controlled areas in the desert region.
Source: NAM News Network