Pro-Assad forces maintain supply routes in the battle for Deir ez-Zor’s airport

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Pro-Assad military forces were able to maintain military supply routes in Deir ez-Zor despite ISIS attacks. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – On Thursday, activists reported that militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) executed a number of Syrian regime soldiers in the city of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria. 

This cames amid continuous clashes between the group’s militants and the pro-regime forces in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor military airport. 

The Syrian regime forces tried on Wednesday to regain areas (including al-Dugheim and Zenobia) northeast of the airport, which have been controlled by the IS militants as strongholds from which they shell posts of the pro-regime forces inside the strategic military airport of Deir ez-Zor.    

“However, the IS militants were able to repel the attack and maintain their sites,” an activist in Deir ez-Zor told ARA News, under the condition of anonymity for security concerns. 

“Six IS militants were killed in battles in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor’s military airport on Thursday, including  French and Turkish nationals,” the source reported.

Despite the fourteen-day battles, the IS group was reportedly unable to penetrate the regime-held fortified airport, and the pro-regime forces still maintain their air supply routes. 

Speaking to ARA News, opposition activist Ghaith Mohamed said the IS group “cannot control the entire military airport of Deir ez-Zor and resolve the battle”.

“This will require the group to cut off supply routes between the airport and the areas held by the regime within the city of Deir ez-Zor –where the regime is still able to provide ammunition and rations by land and air.” 

The IS group has declared earlier this year its control over oil and gas fields of Deir ez-Zor. The military airport is considered the last power base for the regime forces.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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