Rasa - The army men engaged in intense battle with the ISIL in Eastern Hama and imposed control over al-Nubeh hill and the villages of al-Khalaya, al-Moshrefeh and Khalid Hilal.
ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in the clashes.
Relevant reports said earlier today that the army troops stormed ISIL's defense lines in Eastern Hama and forced the terrorists to retreat from a small but key town, tightening noose on the militants in the Central part of the country.
The army men hit ISIL's defense lines in Eastern Hama heavily and seized control over the town of Qalib al-Thor.
The army units inflicted heavy casualties on ISIL and seized a large volume of its arms and ammunition.