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After ISIS recapture of Al Bukamal, Syrian Army scores advance town

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a large-scale advance inside the southeastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor, Sunday, pushing their way along the strategic Mayadeen-Albukamal Road, reported Al Masdar News (Syria).

Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army attacked the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions southeast of Al-Mayadeen, liberating several villages and hilltops after a fierce battle.

According to a military report, the Syrian Army liberated the villages of Bir Al-Dakhoul, Al-Dakhoul, Bir Khadr Mayy, Bir Haba, Abu Al-Habaya, and Bir Daham, along with the hilltops of Tal Melhem and Tal Al-Ghufran.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army managed to liberate at least 30 km of territory en route to the strategic border-city of Albukamal.

ISIS recaptured Albukamal from the Syrian Arab Army after conducting a swift counter-offensive this past weekend.

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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports:
In an indirect way, the regime forces announce the failure of non-Syrian militiamen who belong to the Iraqi PMF, Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, to achieve a “permanent victory” in Al-Bukamal city, through controlling it, therefore, they continue their operation from a new direction after the failure of the aforementioned forces to advance and storm into the city and control it or control parts of it. The SOHR monitored during the past hours on Sunday the 12th of November 2017, the regime forces and their allied militiamen of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, led by Brigadier in the regime forces Suhail Al-Hassan, and backed by the tribal militiamen, starting their violent attack coming from Al-Mayadeen areas on the western outskirts of the Euphrates River towards Al-Bukamal city, which is near the Syrian – Iraqi border, in the eastern part of Deir Ezzor province. The SOHR learned that the regime forces managed to achieve strategic and big advancement through advancing to tens of square kilometers and reach an area of about 25 km west of Al-Bukamal city, which is the largest stronghold remained for ISIS in Syria.

The SOHR monitored that the regime forces managed to advance within the desert in parallel to the western banks of the Euphrates River and became on the outskirts of the last oilfield controlled by ISIS in the Syrian territory, and if the regime forces managed to continue advancing, they will be able to reach in the upcoming day the city of Al-Bukamal, while the regime forces are working on fortifying the areas they advanced to, in order to repel any future repel attacks by ISIS.

The SOHR published yesterday that the clashes do not almost stop in the largest stronghold and the last city of the “Islamic State” organization in Syria, in the eastern section of Deir Ezzor province, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of the violent fighting, between the gunmen loyal to the regime of Lebanese, Iraqi and Asian nationalities against the members of the “Islamic State” organization of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, in areas in the vicinity of Al-Bokamal city from the eastern and the southern sides, after ISIS managed yesterday to regain the control over the entire of Al-Bokamal city, after hours of the violent clashes which started by a counter attack by the organization, after it drew the Popular Mobilization Forces and the other militiamen loyal to the regime to positions inside the city, and then it carried out a counter attack against them, after the organization made them believe that it escaped and withdrew from the city completely, and it managed by carrying out ambushes and successive attacks, to cause great human losses in the ranks of the gunmen loyal to the regime, and it forced them to retreat to the vicinity of Al-Bokamal city which is near the Syrian – Iraqi border, in which the gunmen loyal to the regime are trying to absorb the attack and reorganize their ranks to start a new attack enables them to advance again into the city.

While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored intensive shelling by the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them on Al-Bokamal city and villages in the vicinity of it, in conjunction with intensive raids by the warplanes, on the city and its countryside, and these air and ground strikes caused great human losses, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of more citizens, in which 6 persons at least were killed by shelling by the warplanes on al-Ramadi river crossing over the Euphrates River, in the countryside of Al-Bokamal city, thus, the number of casualties of who were killed by the bombardment has increased to 32 persons including 9 children and citizen women and also including two families at least, during the past 36 hours, on a comp of the displaced people of Al-Bokamal in Al-Safafnah area and the villages and the towns of Abbas, Subakhan, Abu Hamam, al-Marashdah and al-Ramadi crossing, as well as a shelling that sources said that it was carried out by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces on a comp of displaced people near Al-Sokkariyeh village, and the intensive air and artillery strikes since yesterday and until now, caused tens of civilian casualties and wounded, and the number of casualties may increase because of the presence of injuries, some of them have seriously wounded, as a result of the shelling which was as a respond after the gunmen loyal to the regime lost Al-Bokamal, and there are a number of citizens is still missing and their destiny is unknown whether they injured, died or escaped from the area of the shelling.

It is noteworthy that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that it monitored that the organization managed to defeat the gunmen loyal to the regime of Lebanese, Iraqi and Asian nationalities, after it managed to regain the control of Al-Bokamal city almost completely, and to force the gunmen loyal to the regime to withdraw the southern and the eastern outskirts of the city, and the violent clashes were accompanied by intensive shelling by shells, missiles and bombs, amid explosions and exchange of targeting in the city, which is near the Syrian – Iraqi border, and the organization depended during its counter attack on carrying out ambushes against the gunmen loyal to the regime, and this was the largest ambush carried out by the organization against the gunmen loyal to the regime, as the organization drew the gunmen loyal to the regime gradually to place where it can re-attack them, after the organization made the gunmen loyal to the regime to believe that it collapsed and started to escape from the city, until it returned and started to carry out its successive counter attacks, which exhausted the gunmen loyal to the regime and forced them to withdraw to the eastern and the southern outskirts of the city, and the fighting caused great human losses in the ranks of the both parties, while the warplanes and the helicopters targeted the area by tens of strikes which caused more destruction to the infrastructure of the city.

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