Sunset over part of the remains of Palmyra. (Wikimedia Commons)

The recent arrival of Kataeb Imam ‘Ali (Imam ‘Ali Battalion) and Hezbollah reinforcements to the Palmyra front has propelled the embattled soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) to make another push towards this ancient city in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.

On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade and the 550th Regiment of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with Kataeb Imam ‘Ali and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Homs City – launched a powerful assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defensive positions at Al-Dawa, killing over 20 enemy combatants while also destroying the terrorist group’s primary weapons hub in western Palmyra.

Following a series of fierce firefights with ISIS on Wednesday, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies imposed full control over the Al-Dawa region of western Palmyra, which paved the way for their advance towards the Palmyra Driving School and Tal Syriatel.

Over the last 72 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have made several advances towards the western and northern gates of Palmyra, while the Russian Air Force continues their aerial campaign over this strategic city that is situated in the heart of Syria’s desert landscape.

The military operations around the Palmyra countryside are expected to intensify in the coming days as both Hezbollah and Kataeb Imam ‘Ali increase their presence on the battlefield.

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