According to AFP, Islamic State (IS) jihadists have attacked an oil and gas field in Syria, killing at least 30 pro-regime forces and security guards, a monitoring group said Wednesday (October 29).
"IS managed to control parts of the field," the Britain-based group said after the assault at Shaer, in Homs province.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack was launched on Tuesday night (October 28); fighting continued through the night.
An unknown number of jihadists were also killed, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. He said fighting resumed in the area on Wednesday morning after several hours of relative calm, with the army bombing the region.
The Syrian-based Al-Watan daily, which is close to the government, acknowledged that IS advance, saying the group had taken control of "two wells and a hill" after fierce clashes.
The newspaper reported dead and injured on both sides without giving a specific toll.
COMMENT: "Army forces, backed by the National Defense Forces (pro-regime militia) are attempting to re-take control of the field," the newspaper added.
An earlier attack by IS fighters on Shaer in July left 270 people dead, including soldiers and pro-regime fighters.
Most were reportedly executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner.
The site is near the famed archeological site of Palmyra.
IS has targeted oil and gas facilities in Iraq and Syria as it seeks funds for its fight to seize territory for a self-proclaimed Islamic "caliphate."