TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syrian warplanes pounded Daesh (ISIL) positions in al-Bukamal after the terror group attempted to take full control of the eastern town in Deir ez-Zor province.

On Sunday, Syrian jets heavily hit the gathering centers of Daesh militants in al-Bukamal, forcing them to retreat from the areas they had recently seized control of, SANA reported.

A large number of the militants were killed and injured during the raids.

Several Daesh leaders, including Hani al-Thalji, Abu Munzer al-Shishani and Abu Mohammad al-Safi were among the dead.

In a separate development, the Syrian forces launched an attack against the terrorists in Howeijet Qatea area in the eastern province.

Media reports coming out of Syria on Saturday said that the terror group had managed to retake some parts of al-Bukamal, two days after the Syrian army announced its full liberation.

The Syrian army and its allied fighters have seized swathes of central and eastern Syria in advances against the terror group this year.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.