Mounting violence hit Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

26-03-2014

 

ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria− On Tuesday, clashes erupted between the pro-regime forces and opposition’s fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the vicinity of the military airport of Deir ez-Zor, east of Syria. 

Dozen of militants in the ranks of the regime forces have been killed and many others were injured, while two FSA fighters were killed, local sources reported.

Fayez Hussein, media activist based in Deir ez-Zor city, told ARA News that clashes broke out near the military airport of Deir Ezzor, and the FSA fighters seized a number of weapons and ammunition as well as 57-caliber gun. 

“The artillery bombardment of the regime forces targeted the neighbourhoods of al-Ummal, al-Khasarat and al-Rushdiya, launching shells from the headquarters of the regime −based on the mountain near the city,” Hussein said. “The Hiweqa neighbourhood was also exposed to shelling by the FSA rebel earlier on Monday in a try to target the headquarters of the regime forces, resulting in a number of casualties.” 

Meanwhile, an explosion hit the FSA-held barrier in Mohassan town in Deir ez-Zor suburb. No casualties were reported. 

Over the last few months, the city of Deir ez-Zzor and its countryside witnessed battles between FSA fighters (backed by al-Nusra Front) and members of the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), especially in the western countryside near Manjam al-Milih and al-Tibni town. Hundreds of fighters on both sides were reportedly killed during the clashes.  

 

Reporting by: Mahmoud Hussein

Source: ARA News

 

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