Russian jets bomb Islamic State strongholds in Syria’s Homs

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ARA News

Homs – Russian warplanes on Thursday launched several airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Syria’s central Homs Governorate. 

The air raids struck ISIS fighting positions south of the Sha’er Gas Field. The Sha’er field has changed hands five times during the Syrian conflict as the Syrian Army has fought to secure the Homs countryside from ISIS jihadists.

While Sha’er Gas Field was once a strategic asset it lies dormant today. In July 2014, ISIS massacred the civilian engineers who maintained the petro infrastructure. In May, ISIS blew up the field’s pumping stations, causing earth tremors which could be felt in Palmyra District.

“At least seven ISIS militants were killed and more than a dozen wounded in the Russian air raids on Thursday,” local media activist Amro al-Hussein told ARA News, citing an ISIS source. 

Russian fighter jets also targeted the local ISIS headquarters in al-Sukhna town, which is located in the Huwesis District. Several ISIS redoubts and armored vehicles were reportedly destroyed.

Thursday’s airstrikes come just three days after an attempt by ISIS fighters to storm a Syrian army base, which is also located in Huwesis. ISIS jihadists softened the fortified base with a protracted bombardment before attempting to infiltrate through its periphery. More than 35 Syrian Army soldiers were reportedly killed and dozens more were wounded. 

ISIS has recently brought reinforcements to the eastern countryside of Homs in a bid to protect the Sha’er Gas Field and its remaining positions in the governorate.

Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa | Source: ARA News

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