BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Pro-government media has released footage showing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) mechanized units being employed against ISIS forces near the strategic town of Hamimah (also called Humaymah) in southwestern Deir Ezzor Governorate.

For weeks now, the SAA and allied paramilitaries have been attempting to isolate the key desert town that serves as the gateway to the ISIS-occupied T-2 Airbase and the means by which pro-government can properly anchor themselves inside southern Deir Ezzor.

Likewise, ISIS has launched a number of ferocious counter-offensives via Hamimah aimed at driving back pro-government forces from their current positions along the provincial border between Homs and Deir Ezzor Governorates, all of which have failed and have resulted in exceptionally high casualties for the jihadist faction.

Yesterday, the SAA managed to achieve fire control over Hamimah after outflanking the town to the southeast. The footage below is linked to this operation.

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