Pro-Assad forces strive to maintain Deir ez-Zor airport amid ISIS advance

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Syrian army soldiers. File photo

ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria – On Friday, for the third consecutive day, battles continued between militant fighters of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the vicinity of the military airport of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz said that the Islamic State militants are waging a major offensive in the vicinity of the military airport of the city, in an attempt to take control of the airport.

These developments coincided with artillery shelling launched by the pro-regime forces in the vicinity of the disputed area from the regime headquarters in the airport to its bases on nearby hills in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

“The IS-regime clashes extended to the Sinaa neighborhood inside the city, amid intensive artillery shelling by the regime forces on the IS-held areas in the neighborhood and in the village of Jafrah,” Abdulaziz added. “The shells’ sources were the regime headquarters in the military airport.”

This comes one day after the IS execution of 19 soldiers of the regime forces in the village of Jafrah, following their attempts of escaping from their positions at the village’s checkpoint, “before the IS militants slaughtered them with knives,” Mohammed Khatib, a civil rights activist based in Deir ez-Zor, told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Adam Saleh

Source: ARA News

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