DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – Syria’s army, backed by resistance forces, continued to make major gains in their fight against Takfiri terrorists, and managed to liberate a strategic area in the west-central province of Hama.

According to Press Shia dispatches, the Syrian troops on Sunday seized back Maardis, a village located in the Suran subdistrict in northern Hama, after repelling a major attack by Takfiri terrorists in the area.

The report added Maardis is now under the full control of the Syrian forces and their allies.

More than 34 militants were killed and dozens of others injured in the process of the clashes.

In a separate development on Sunday, the Syrian troops made advances towards the strategic town of Khan Tuman in northern province of Aleppo, and liberated several areas, including SyriaTel Hill, from the grip of the militants.

The forces also purged several areas of terrorists in Aleppo.

Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial and industrial hub, has been divided roughly in two since 2012, with the government controlling the west and terrorists the east.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.