Syria army takes last IS-held town in Homs: monitor

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Syria army takes last IS-held town in Homs: monitor

The Syrian army has liberated the town of al-Sukhnah following an intense battle over the weekend, the last major Islamic State stronghold in Homs province.

Since the month of may, the syrian army leads, with the support of Russian Federation, a campaign-scale military to reclaim the vast desert that separates the capital Damascus, Deir ez-zor and other cities and towns of the Euphrates valley.

Al-Sukhna is 70km north-east of the ancient city of Palmyra and was the last town on the road to Deir az-Zor, where a regime garrison has held out under siege from IS since 2015.

SANA's reporter in Deir Ezzor said that army units engaged in clashes with ISIL-affiliated terrorist groups at the southern axis of the city, particularly in the areas of al-Maqaber (cemeteries), al-Panorama, the surroundings of the airport, and al-Bughailyia.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights says it is the regime's heaviest bombardment on the area since a failed truce came into effect on July 22.

. Similar truce has been shaky in the besieged Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave east of Damascus, with continued air strikes, rockets and exchanges of fire. The war monitor says the regime forces are now targetting areas in Damascus and the outskirts of Eastern Ghouta, with more than 190 missiles and tens of shells fired within the last 72 hours.

The recovery of the city, however, has not been confirmed by the syrian government.

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