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Syrian troops’ courage, competence behind south Damascus liberation: Hezbollah

A member of the Syrian pro-government forces carries the national flag as he stands in front of damaged buildings in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the capital Damascus on May 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has felicitated the liberation of neighborhoods south of the Syrian capital Damascus from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, hailing the courage and competence of government troops and allied fighters from popular defense groups.

Hezbollah, in a statement released on Wednesday, said the takeover of al-Hajar al-Aswad district, located just four kilometers (2.4 miles) south of the center of Damascus, and the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp marks a historic victory for the anti-Israel resistance front, which is fighting to cleanse the entire Syrian territory from the presence of terrorists.

The statement then extended Hezbollah’s sincere congratulations to the Syrian government and nation for the recent territorial gains.

On Monday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement that complete security was restored to Damascus and its countryside after al-Hajar al-Aswad district and al-Yarmouk camp had been totally purged of Daesh terrorists.

Members of the Syrian pro-government forces stand in front of a destroyed tank in the al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood on the southern outskirts of the capital Damascus on May 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The development was preceded by flushing the Takfiris out of the towns of Yalda, Babbila and Beit Sahem on the southern outskirts of Damascus.

Syrian army troops and pro-government fighters had been fighting since April 19 to recapture the area covering Yarmouk camp and the adjacent districts of Qadam, Tadamun and al-Hajar al-Aswad.

Syrian army troops thwart Daesh assaults in Dayr al-Zawr

Meanwhile, Syrian army soldiers and pro-government fighters have repelled Daesh militant attacks on a number of military sites in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr near the border with Iraq.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that Daesh Takfiris sought to attack army outposts on the outskirts of Mayadin town, located about 44 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr, but were confronted by units of government troops and their allies.

An unidentified number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the process, and their munitions destroyed.

A picture taken on May 22, 2018, shows tanks belonging to Syrian pro-government forces in the al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood on the southern outskirts of the capital Damascus. (Photo by AFP)

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

The Syrian government, backed by Russian warplanes, has managed to liberate swathes of territory it lost following the outbreak of the crisis from the control of the terrorists.

Since February, the Syrian army, backed by Russia, has been engaged in a major push to rid Damascus and the surrounding areas of terrorist groups.

In a significant victory early last month, the Syrian army managed to fully liberate Eastern Ghouta, which had long been controlled by militant groups and served as a launch pad for deadly rocket attacks against residents and civilian infrastructure in the capital.

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