Tue Feb 21, 2017 09:01AM
A Syrian government soldier walks near a damaged car on a road to Aleppo, Syria, on January 29, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
A Syrian government soldier walks near a damaged car on a road to Aleppo, Syria, on January 29, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

Syrian government forces, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have carried out fresh operations against foreign-backed Takfiri militants across the country, inflicting substantial losses on them.

Army soldiers and their allies shot down a Daesh reconnaissance drone over the Dayr al-Zawr Airport, located 450 kilometers northeast of the capital, Damascus, on Monday as the unmanned aerial vehicle was collecting information on the positions and movements of government troops and volunteer fighters.

An army unit targeted Daesh militant hideouts in Jafra Village, which lies on the eastern outskirts of Dayr al-Zawr, killing and injuring dozens of Takfiri terrorists.

Syrian forces also destroyed a battle tank belonging to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the same region.

Separately, five terrorists were killed and several others injured as Syrian army units pounded their positions on the Ayed al-Hassoun hill in the central province of Homs.

Syrian fighter jets bombarded Daesh outposts in the Hamada al-Omar Village of al-Salamiyah district in the western-central province of Hama as well. At least eight extremists were killed in the aerial attacks.

Moreover, 29 Takfiri militants were killed as Syrian warplanes hit Aqrabat Village in the Harem district of the northwestern province of Idlib. Six pickup trucks equipped with heavy machineguns and belonging to the militants were also destroyed in the process.

Elsewhere, in Dara’a, Syrian army soldiers destroyed an explosive-laden vehicle before it could reach its target in the Menshieh neighborhood of the southwestern Syrian city.

Militant mortar attacks kill 6 Syrian civilians

Meanwhile, four civilians lost their lives and two others sustained injuries on Monday when Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorists launched several mortar shells at the Government Hospital in Dara’a.

Projectiles fired by Takfiri militants also slammed into the al-Manian and New Aleppo districts of Aleppo, leaving two civilians dead and a dozen others injured.

Syria has been plagued by militancy since March 2011.