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Clashes Intensify in Al-Qaryatayn and Al-Eis, Two IRGC Soldiers Dead | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Amereya district.REUTERS

Beirut-Fierce clashes resumed yesterday between regime forces and ISIS militants in Al-Qaryatayn town, located in the Homs Governorate.
Regime forces undertaking two fronts, led violent battles with Syrian Opposition forces in Al-Eis town, located in south Aleppo. Regime forces entered Al-Eis yesterday and announced the death of twelve Lebanon-based Hezbollah militants and two militants from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC.

According to “Mashriq” news agency, the two IRGC members killed are Saeed Mosafir (30 year-old) and Jamall Razi (35 year-old). The two allegedly joined the IRGC in the Gilan Province, located north of Iran. Mosafir and Razi were killed during a suggestive “advisory mission” in Aleppo.

The agency set the number on Gilan IRGC members’ death toll in Syria to eleven.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that at least twelve Hezbollah members were killed by the brutal attack launched by al-Nusra Front, Syrian Opposition and fighting factions a day ago, after taking control of Al-Eis.

On the other hand, the Syrian regime announced its forces taking over Al-Qaryatayn town. However, the Syrian Observatory denied the regime’s allegations, and confirmed that there is no truth to what is being published by pro-regime media outlets on forces taking over the town of Al-Qayatayn entirely.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ chief, Rami Abdel Rahman, told Asharq Al-Awsat that regime forces have entered Al-Qaryatayn a day ago, yet only managed to seize control over half the town approximately.

Rahman negated all the regime’s acclamations on completely controlling Al-Qaryatayn. “Just like what had happened in Palmyra, the regime announced complete control as soon as forces breached the area, simply to improve soldier moral prior to it effectively posing full control, which was two days later, same thing is happening in Al-Qaryatayn now.”

The Syrian Observatory pointed out that clashes are ongoing in eastern and southeastern zones controlled by ISIS, amid a collapse in the terrorist organization’s lines. The observatory added that regime forces are supported by Syrian and Russian air forces which enabled troops to control over half the town.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ chief Rahman told AFP news agency that regime forces now control over half of Al-Qaryatayn which is considered the last ISIS stronghold in the Homs governorate.

Rahman clarified that Al-Qaryatayn battle is an included part of the same military operation instigated last March by regime forces to expel ISIS from Palmyra.