With preliminary reports suggesting government troops have captured some 50% of Palmyra city itself already, desperate ISIS commanders have demanded their fighters and artillery units to fire several long-range missiles at the Furqlus Gas Plant in eastern Homs.
Consequently, the Furqlus Gas Plant has been heavily damaged and is out of work for now. This piece of government-held energy infrastructure supplies Homs City and the Syrian capital of Damascus with gas through an extensive network of pipelines that run through and along the Qalamoun mountains on the border with Lebanon.
However, there are several other gas plants that are able to supply these cities – this means the residents of the aforementioned cities will not necessarily be stripped of their energy supply just yet.
While many soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 11th Division are stationed here alongside the National Defence Forces (NDF) of Homs, no casualties have yet been reported.
Currently, heavy clashes are underway inside Palmyra’s southern and western districts while the ISIS-held city of Quraytayn was also entirely surrounded as of last week.