Syrian forces make gains in energy-rich Homs province

The Observatory said al-Sukhna fell to pro-government forces on Saturday.

6 August 2017 | 17:03

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 6 August 2017 | 17:03

In this June 5, 2014 photo, a man rides a bicycle through a devastated part of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: A Syrian war monitoring group says pro-government forces have captured the last Islamic State group stronghold in the energy-rich Homs province in central Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says 30 IS militants were killed in the last 24 hours of battle for the town of al-Sukhna. It says the Russian air force provided air support and bombed the town.

The Observatory said al-Sukhna fell to pro-government forces on Saturday.

Syrian military media reported capturing the town on Sunday. The advance puts pro-government forces 68 miles (110 kilometers) from reaching companion forces trapped in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. IS militants have held the city under siege since 2015. It has depended on risky supply flights and air drops for relief and weapons.



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