FSA fighter in Deir ez-Zor city, east Syria. File photo
Deir ez-Zor, Syria – Al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (previously known as ISIL) signed on Monday an agreement with factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), al-Nusra Front and Islamic Brigades in Syria’s eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, which obliges the anti-ISIL groups to evacuate the city and handed over officially to the Islamic State militants.
Talking to ARA News from Deir ez-Zor, civil activist Fayez Abdul Aziz said that a number of fighters who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in the city were deployed in neighbourhoods controlled by fighters of the Syrian opposition, including districts of Hweqa, , Hamidiya, Sheikh Yassin, Kanamat, Aradi, Jubailah, Rushdiya, Mwazafin, old Airport, Ummal, and Khasarat.
“The agreement entailed the deployment of members of the Islamic State group across Deir ez-Zor by Thursday.
The Islamic State also demanded al-Nusra Front to hand over a number of “wanted fighters” who are accused of “igniting hatred against ISIL”. However, al-Nusra leadership didn’t show intention to respond to ISIL’s demand.
Abdul Aziz also pointed out that the pro-regime forces are still in control of al-Qusour and Jura neighbourhoods, in addition to the al-Assad Hospital area and the military airport of Deir ez-Zor.
It is expected that the Islamic State (ISIL) will open Jisr al-Siyasiya crossing in the northern entrance of the city near al-Hweqa neighborhood after months of closure and siege by the group’s militants, local sources reported.
Reporting by: Adam Saleh
Source: ARA News