Iraqi forces have recaptured more areas from the Daesh Takfiri group as they close in on militants holed up in the flashpoint western city of Hit in Anbar Province. Led by the elite Counter-Terrorism Service, forces from the police, army and local tribal fighters managed to seize control of a bridge in the city of al-Baghdadi, located northwest of Hit along the Euphrates, local media said on Saturday. Iraqi forces launched an offensive earlier in the day to retake Hit, a city located 145 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital Baghdad, which was seized by Daesh in late 2014. The operation also aims to liberate Kubaysah, a smaller town east of Hit. Iraq’s al-Summeriyah TV said pro-government forces recaptured a cement factory in Kubaysah on Saturday. The recent advances come two days after Iraqi forces seized al-Muhammadi neighborhood of Hit on Thursday, hoisting the Iraqi flag on top of a government building in the area. The Saturday army gains in Hit and its surrounding areas are the latest in Anbar after the government managed to recapture the provincial capital of Ramadi in late December. The United Nations said in a statement Thursday that more than 50,000 people have been internally displaced in Anbar since the start of 2016 as a result of intense fighting between the government and Takfiri militants. The International Organization for Migration has said more than 1.5 million people were displaced in Anbar since the beginning of 2014. The Iraqi military on Friday managed to provide aid agencies with access to thousands of people who have been displaced in areas around the city as a result of the fighting.