Top jihadi leaders killed in clashes with Syrian army in Deir ez-Zor

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An Islamic State fighter. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – Two prominent leaders from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) have been killed in clashes with the Syrian army forces in the district of Jubaila in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, local sources reported on Friday. 

The two sides have used medium and heavy machine guns in the clashes. 

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, rights activist Ahmed Ramadan said that ISIS targeted the regime-held neighborhood of Jura with mortar shells, causing civilian casualties and mass destruction in the nearby residential buildings.

ARA News could not verify the death toll from other sources.

In the meantime, battles have intensified in the vicinity of al-Jufrah village adjacent to the military airport.

“The ongoing clashes caused heavy losses in the ranks of both the Syrian forces and ISIS militants,” the source added, pointing out that ‘two top ISIS leaders’ were killed in Deir ez-Zor’s clashes.

“They were identified as Salahuddin al-Baljiki and Abu Abdullah al-Libi (Libyan commander of al-Battar Brigade). The two jihadi commanders were killed in clashes with the Syrian army forces in the Jubaila district,” the source reported. 

Also on Friday, Russian warplanes targeted an ISIS security building in the city of Deir ez-Zor, killing a number of militants, including Abdullah al-Kilani, aka “Sayyaf Barqawi”, a Libyan national from the city of Derna. 

The airstrikes caused a number of deaths and injuries among civilians in the neighborhoods al-Kanamat, Rusafa and the roundabout of Ghassan Abboud in the city of Deir ez-Zor. Meanwhile, the regime’s army has advanced at several locations in the vicinity of Taim oilfield after clashes with ISIS extremists south of the city.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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