Syrian army seizes control of oil field at al-Raqqa
A file photograph showing Syrian soldiers standing amid the rubble in Palmyra, Syria, on March 4, 2017. EFE/EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI
Beirut, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- The Syrian army seized control on Monday of the al-Dilaa oil field in the southwestern province of al-Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State terror organization in Syria.
A military source, quoted by the official SANA news agency, announced the army's advance and explained that during the operation, Syrian soldiers killed several IS members and destroyed three of their tanks.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that government forces resumed control of the al-Dilaa oil field on the border between al-Raqqa and the neighboring province of Homs.
At the same time, extremists have withdrawn from other oilfields in the area, with forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad having begun clearing the area of mines and explosives to ensure their progress.
Earlier, the Observatory had reported that the Syrian army and its allies conquered on Monday the village of Eastern Zamla, its pumping station and the Khalaa gas field, south of al-Raqqa.
SANA added that armed forces also recovered the al-Fahd oil field in the same province.
The army's offensive in southern al-Raqqa coincides with the assault of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an armed alliance led by Kurdish militias against the province's homonymous capital.