Syrian air force targets IS-held Deir ez-Zor, killing dozens


ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – The Syrian regime’s warplanes carried out a series of missile strikes on several areas held by the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

The pro-Assad warplanes carried out two air raids on the town of Asharah in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor on Friday, killing at least seven civilians, including two children, two women, and three young girls, while several others were injured, local activists from the city of Deir ez-Zor told ARA News.

“The injured were transferred to a field hospital in the town,” the source added. “The two raids were apparently aimed to target one of the IS-held headquarters in town, but all casualties were civilians.”

According to activists, the pro-regime warplanes targeted on Thursday the former building of the State Security branch in the city of al-Bukamal on the border with Iraq, where the Islamic State’s (IS) militants are based.

The raid led to the death of at least 16 militant fighters of IS (ISIS/ISIL) who were inside the building, activists reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting sources from al-Ghariba village in Deir ez-Zor countryside, reported that 18 IS militants and leading members, most of them holding foreign nationalities, were killed on Friday in an air strike on the municipal building in the village launched by the pro-regime warplanes.

The IS militants had taken the municipal building as a stronghold, where dozens of anti-IS rebels were detained. However, a number of these detainees were able to escape after the regime’s last strike.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, the civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz said that the Islamic State’s militants released 15 young men from al-Khareeta town, after announcing allegiance to the IS group. They were reportedly arrested last week on charges of fighting the Islamic State.


Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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