TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Syrian forces and their allies continued to make gains against Daesh (also ISIL) terrorists in areas around al-Safa hills in Sweida, inflicting major losses on them.

The Syrian forces on Wednesday continued to advance in various directions in Toloul al-Safa area in Sweida, killing scores of them and forcing them to retreat from their fighting positions, SANA news agency reported.

The army units also managed to establish control over new areas there after heavy clashes with the terrorists.

At the same time, the Syrian air force targeted the terrorists’ positions in Sweida near Qaber al-Sheikh Hussein, eliminating many of the terrorists and destroying their positions.

Sweida, which is largely under the control of the Syrian government troops, is home to the Druze minority, from which Daesh recently abducted some 30 women and children last month following a brutal attack that killed more than 250 civilians.

The province has been relatively insulated from Syria’s seven-year bloody war launched by foreign-backed militants and terror groups against Damascus.

Those attacks were the bloodiest ever seen in the province, as well as some of the deadliest launched by Daesh in the war-torn country.

The Syrian troops defeated Daesh late last year and took back all the urban bastions once the terror group had under its control, but the group's remnants have been trying to regroup and have mounted a series of hit-and-run attacks.