Syrian government loses last oil field to Daesh

Published September 8th, 2015 - 08:58 GMT

Daesh (ISIS) seized the last major oil field still controlled by the Syrian regime, Reuters reported Monday, after clashes in a central desert zone. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were casualties on both sides as the Jazal oil field was shut down and clashes continued east of Homs

The Syrian army claimed to have driven back another attack in the same area and killed 25 militants, including foreign fighters. 

Northwest of the ancient city of Palmyra, Jazal is in a region on which Syria relies for natural gas and revenues from oil extraction. In June the Syrian government had secured the facilities' perimeter in attempts to retake the city. 

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