Deir ezZor – Russian warplanes launched on Sunday several airstrikes on Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, targeting headquarters of the Islamic State (ISIS).
The air raids hit ISIS fighting positions and tactical units in the city of al-Bukamal and the Susa town in Deir ez-Zor.
“At least 31 ISIS militants were killed in the airstrikes launched by Russian Air Force on Sunday evening,” local media activist Samer al-Khalaf told ARA News.
A source close to ISIS also confirmed the death of dozens of the group’s fighters in the raids.
“The national hospital in Deir ez-Zor City received more than 30 corpses of Islamic State members subsequent to the airstrikes,” a doctor in the national hospital told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Also, four civilians were reported dead in the bombardment of Deir ez-Zor on Sunday.
In the meantime, clashes broke out between Syrian army forces and ISIS fighters in the districts of Joura and al-Rashidiya in Deir ez-Zor City.
“The Syrian regime’s army forces tried to exploit the Russian strikes to advance on the ground and secure the two neighbourhoods from ISIS militants,” al-Khalaf reported.
The clashes continued until Monday morning. It was not immediately clear whether the Syrian army made any new gains.
Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram | Source: ARA News
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