Islamists attack Syrian military airport near Deir ez-Zor

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Tuesday, clashes broke out between fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and pro-Syrian regime forces in the vicinity of the military airport, in the city of Deir ez-Zor, northeastern Syria. 

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz said that fierce clashes took place between the two parties in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor’s military airport, following the defection of two soldiers from the regime’s army, amid mutual artillery fire on the outskirts of the airport.

“One IS insurgent was reported killed in the clashes.”

Meanwile, five people were reported killed and several others wounded in an air strike on the Hamidiya district by the pro-Assad air force, according to locals.

Abdulaziz said that the pro-Assad warplanes targeted the residential neighborhood of Hamidiya with missiles, causing the collapse of an entire residential building.

“The air attack led to the death of five civilians, including children, and the injury of several others,” the source added, pointing out that the injured were transferred to a nearby field hospital.

Also on Tuesday, civil rights activist Amjad ad-Dakhil reported said that a gas bottle stuffed with explosives landed near the officers’ club in the regime-held neighborhood of al-Qusoor on Monday, leading to the injury of several civilians, including children.

“The IS insurgents were most probably behind the gas bottle attack,” he argued.

“The Syrian regime, in turn, shelled the IS-held neighborhood of Jubaila in Deir ez-Zor with mortars from the hill overlooking the city,” ad-Dakhil told ARA News. “The clashes continued between the two parties on the outskirts of al-Qusoor and Jura until Tuesday evening.”

Some neighborhoods in the city of Deir ez-Zor are in the grip of the Islamic State group; whereas, the regime imposes control over the military airport and other neighborhoods of the city.


Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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