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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 Army Regains Control of Vital Oilfield Near Palmyra From Daesh (VIDEO)

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    The Syrian army has regained control of a vital oilfield north-east of Palmyra from Daesh terrorists.

    The Syrian army has regained control of the al Heil oilfield from Daesh terrorists. The oilfield is located north-east of Palmyra and 14 kilometers from the town of Al-Sukhnah, which is still under terrorist control. 

    After driving terrorists out of the area, the army is using sophisticated de-mining and bomb disposal equipment to defuse the traps laid by terrorists and make the place safe again.

    A large section of the gas production infrastructure has been destroyed and repair teams are carrying out urgent repairs so it can restart supplies to a local power plant and boost the Syrian economy.

    Having taken back control of al Heil, the Syrian army is preparing to liberate the nearby town of As Sukhnah. That settlement lies on the road to Deir ez-Zor, a government-held city which has been besieged by Daesh terrorists for three years.

    On Monday, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy confirmed that Syrian governmental forces are successfully advancing against the Daesh terror group in the direction of As Sukhnah.

    "Currently, the offensive in the direction of As Sukhnah, a key settlement en route to Deir ez-Zor, is successfully developing," Rudskoy said.

    Rudskoy explained that the Syrian governmental forces had undertaken an offensive in the northwestern, eastern and southeastern directions from Palmyra. Terrorists were expelled from the strategically important settlement of Arak, Rudskoy noted.

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