Government forces capture territory with oil, gas fields in Syria's Raqqa
A file photo shows Syrian soldiers standing guard at Raqqa city, Syria, on June 11, 2017. EPA/YOUSSEF RABIE YOUSSEF
Beirut, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- Syrian government forces have captured a territory with oil and gas fields held by the Islamic State terror organization in the southern part of the northern province of Raqqa, according to a war monitoring group on Monday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that government troops stormed Sunday evening eastern Zamla town, Zamla oil field and al-Khalaa gas field.
Fighting between both sides continued in the southern part of Raqqa, according to the British-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria.
From the town of al-Resafa in southwest of Raqqa, pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces are pushing deeper into the direction of the neighboring province of Homs.
Additionally, military sources told state-owned SANA news agency on Sunday that army forces had taken control of eastern Zalma, its pumping station and a gas field, as well as al-Fahd oil field in south of Raqqa.
During those operations, SANA explained that dozens of militants were killed and many of their vehicles were destroyed.