Car bomb attack hit ISIL-held checkpoint, east Syria

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Car bomb explosion in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria – Dozens reported dead and wounded on Sunday due to a car bomb explosion in the city of al-Mayadeen in Deir ez-Zor province, east of Syria. The attack took place near a checkpoint of al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ‘ISIL’), local sources reported.

Fayez Abdul Aziz, civil activist based in the city of Deir ez-Zor, told ARA News that a car bomb exploded near an ISIL-held checkpoint of al-Mokif, killing and wounding dozens of civilians and several ISIL militants.

Abdul Aziz emphasized that the car bomb explosion resulted in explosion of another nearby car (loaded with arms and ammunition belonging to the ISIL group). “We did not receive information on who carried out the attack,” he said.

This comes a day after the Islamic State allowed displaced people of al-Shaheel city in Deir ez-Zor province to return to their houses, after ten days of living in the open under difficult humane conditions, local activists from the region told ARA News.

Meanwhile, a woman was reportedly wounded on Sunday evening, by a roadside bomb planted by unknown party in a garbage dump in al-Hamediya neighbourhood of Deir ez-Zor city.  The woman was transferred to a nearby field hospital, according to activists.

These developments coincided with clashes between the pro-regime forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in al-Hweqa neighbourhood at the northern entrance of Deir ez-Zor city.

 

Reporting by: Adam Saleh

Source: ARA News

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