On Wednesday, the Syrian Army and its allies supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured hills southwest of Sukhna and deployed in only 8km from this important ISIS-held town located on the road between Palmyra and Deir Ezzor. According to local sources, government forces established fire control over the town. On Thursday, the army and allies contunied advancing in the area and reportedly reached its vicinity where clashes were ongoing.

If government forces liberate Sukhna, the town will become a launching pad for the  future government push aimed at lifting the ISIS siege from the city of Deir Ezzor.

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