DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6: 10 P.M.) – For the second day, the Syrian Army troops succeed in taking over large swathes of territories to the southeast of the ancient city of Palmyra as part of a wider offensive to reach the embattles eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Today, the Syrian Army, backed by the paramilitary Palestinian al-Quds Brigades, advanced for some 10 km to the east of Tall Firi located to the southeast of Palmyra, thus reaching the outskirts of Bir Bade’ area.

The military operation also granted the Syrian forces full control over Wadi Al-Mudysis and the surrounding areas.

To the north, another Army unit retook several hilltops overlooking the road leading to Arak town and oil fields.

The recent advances are seen as an attempt by the government troops to encircle the strategic Talilah area from three axes, after conducting two failed offensives on the ISIS-controlled area.

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