The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has expanded its operations against ISIS terrorists in the eastern countryside of Palmyra city.
Since June 3, it has liberated more than 1400 square kilometers east of Palmyra city. The operation involves large forces of the SAA and its allies armed with dozens of armored vehicles and battle tanks, including modern T-90A battle tanks. The operation is supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force.
In turn, ISIS claimed that 21 Syrian soldiers were killed by a VBIED attack on a gathering of Syrian forces in the Abbasiya area east of Palmyra. 14 Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed in a suicide attack on in Al-Gharb hills.
Moreover, ISIS destroyed a battle tank of the SAA in Al-Mahaor direction with an ATGM, and targeted a gathering of Syrian soldiers there with an ATGM, killing five soldiers.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA is rapidly advancing towards Arak settlements and is now in only 6 kilometers from them. The SAA and its allies are aiming to take full control over the Arak area.
However, the SAA was unable to continue its advance due to ISIS strong fortifications in the area. It is considered to be the first line of defense for the strategic ISIS-held town of Sukhna located en route to Deir Ezzor.