BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:55 P.M.) – Engineering units attached to pro-government forces in eastern Homs Governorate have almost completed the demining of al-Sukhnah town.
This update on the demining of al-Sukhnah comes virtually one full week after Syrian forces chased ISIS militants from the strategic town.
Whether the engineering units carrying out the demining operation belong to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) or Russian Ground Forces or both is unclear at this point.
Although declaring al-Sukhnah liberated on August 6 and moving further east of the town to capturing the strategic heights around it, the SAA was cautious in its efforts to fully secure the inner districts settlement due to the presence of well-hidden mines and improvised explosive devices (IED) left behind by ISIS.
The town of al-Sukhnah is of considerable strategic importance to pro-government forces as it is the the last major settlement that commands the road to Deir Ezzor city’s western gates. Syrian forces lost al-Sukhnah to ISIS back in May of 2015 and it has since taken them just short of 50 months to reclaim the town.