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    A member of the Syrian government forces stands next to a well at Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra in the east of Homs province.

    Syrian Governor Denies ISIL Captured Last Gov't-Controlled Oil Field

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    Islamic State militants have not seized the Jazel oil field near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Talal Barazi, the governor of Homs Province, said Tuesday, refuting earlier reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The comments come a day after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog had reported that ISIL had captured Jazel, the last oil field under Syrian government control, late on Sunday.

    "No such thing happened," Barazi told the Alwatan newspaper.

    Barazi added that ISIL militants had overrun five Syrian Army positions in the Jazel area on Saturday, but the military managed to return three of them the next day, and two on Monday.

    The Jazel field is the last major oilfield held by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. Operations at the oilfield were shut down amid the ongoing fighting.

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