Syria forces retake parts of key oilfield seized by Islamic State

 Syrian regime forces on Tuesday recaptured parts of a major oilfield in the central province of Homs which Islamic State group militants had seized two days ago, a monitor said.

AFP| Updated: Sep 09, 2015, 00:32 AM IST

Beirut: Syrian regime forces on Tuesday recaptured parts of a major oilfield in the central province of Homs which Islamic State group militants had seized two days ago, a monitor said.

"Regime forces and allied gunmen retook control of parts of the Jazal oilfield in the Homs countryside which IS had captured 48 hours earlier," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britain-based monitor said, however, that IS militants were still in control of a housing complex for oil workers in the town of Jazal and said that clashes were underway nearby.

Jazal is the last major oilfield under the control of the Syrian government.

On Monday, the Observatory said IS had taken parts of Jazal.

Oil production has since been halted at Jazal, which previously produced 2,500 barrels of oil per day.

The oilfield has changed hands before, with IS briefly capturing it in June before regime forces retook it.