The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive at Hawijat Kati, today, after taking a short hiatus to negotiate the surrender of the island with the Islamic State’s (ISIS) field commanders.
ISIS ultimately rejected the terms of surrender, prompting the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces and 4th Mechanized Division to resume their offensive to liberate this large island located directly east of the provincial capital.
Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army attacked the northeastern part of Hawijat Kati in a bid to take control of the dock occupied by the Islamic State terrorists.
So far, the Syrian Army and their allies have liberated some ground from the Islamic State forces at Hawijat Kati, today; however, the government units prefer to get the terrorist group to surrender their positions without a fight.
The Syrian Army will likely attack for several hours before issuing another call to the Islamic State to surrender the island.