ISIS militants withdraw from key town in Syria’s Hama

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A convoy of ISIS-manned vehicles in the countryside of Raqqa, northeastern Syria. File photo

ARA News

HAMA Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) evacuated on Saturday their main bastion in Syria’s western Hama province, activists reported. 

ISIS militants evacuated their headquarters in the Rasm al-Abd town east of Hama and moved their weapons and vehicles to the nearby Homs province.

“Dozens of ISIS vehicles, carrying weapons and fighters, were seen leaving the town on Saturday evening, heading towards Homs,” local media activist Abduljabar al-Hamwi told ARA News.

The evacuated headquarters included the ISIS Hisba police department, a weapons store and a major security centre.

“Most of the group’s members have taken their families with them during the sudden evacuation,” al-Hamwi reported.

Rasm al-Abd town was a major bastion for ISIS in Hama, from which the group used to launch attacks on Syrian army forces in the province.

In the meantime, fighting continued between the Syrian regime’s forces and ISIS militants east of Homs province, as the group continued attempts to advance towards the Palmyra city.

This comes just a few days after ISIS militants evacuated their headquarters in the al-Bab city in the northern Aleppo province.

Reporting by: Bassam Qadir

Source: ARA News

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