TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syria’s army and its allies stepped up their attacks on Daesh terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs, managing to retake several areas in the central province.

A military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said army troops continued to make gains against Daesh in Homs on Monday evening and seized back the villages of Umm al-Reesh, Rasm al-Naqa, and al-Zaiba, in the eastern countryside of the province, SANA reported.

The source added that the areas were recaptured after government troops targeted the gathering centers of the militants there and claimed the lives of dozens of them.

The latest developments came after the Syrian army pounded the positions of Daesh in Jebb al-Jarrah area in Homs, re-establishing control over the villages of al-Sadwaniyeh, al-Mekrimiyeh, Rasm Sweid, Tallet Rajm al-Shara and Jouzet Nazal in the area.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, 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.