The commander said that the ground attack on the city was being preceded by massive airstrikes and artillery bombardment.
“The terrorists know they are done for and yesterday their leaders moved their families from Al-Sukhnah to Deir ez-Zor,” he added.
The Syrian government troops are advancing on the jihadists also in the area between Homs, Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.
Another source told Sputnik that “yesterday the Syrian Army, backed by its allies, took control of the village of al-Bagilia in the eastern part of Homs province killing dozxens of terrorists and destroying several vehicles.”
The same source added that the liberation of al-Bagilia followed “a series of military operations near the oilfields, the seizure of al-Heil oilfield west of the village, and the surrounding hills.”
The Syrian Army is conducting a five-pronged offensive in the Syrian Desert in an effort to encircle the terrorists holed up in eastern Homs and liberate Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.
Russia, along with Iran and local militia forces, has been assisting the Syrian government in its fight against terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.