One day after departing from the northern Latakia countryside, Fouj Al-Mughawayr Al-Bahir (Syrian Marines) and the remaining members of Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) have arrived to the outskirts of Palmyra (Tadmur) as part of an expeditionary force to help liberate this ancient city in the Syrian Desert.
The arrival of the Syrian Marines and Desert Hawks today was confirmed by the Syrian battlefield correspondent Eyad Al-Hussein, who took pictures with this large military force.
The large convoy of Syrian Marines and Desert Hawk soldiers number just over 1,000 military personnel, which will ultimately swell the government forces’ manpower to approximately 5,000-5,500 men in the Palmyra countryside.
The Syrian Marines and Desert Hawks will be fighting alongside the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces”, the 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Imam ‘Ali (Iraqi paramilitary), Kataebat Hezbollah (Iraqi paramilitary), Hezbollah, and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary).
So far, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have made several gains in Palmyra’s countryside, capturing Jabal Hayyal and a number of strategic points at the ancient city’s southwestern flank.