ISIS militants clash with pro-Assad forces near airbase

ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria – On Sunday, clashes continued for the fourth consecutive day near the military airport of Deir ez-Zor between the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and the pro-Assad forces, local activists reported. 

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz said that continuous clashes took place between the IS militants and regime forces in the past four days, during which the IS jihadists were able to take over areas south of the airport.

“On Sunday, six IS militants were reportedly killed and several others were wounded,” the source added. “Casualties were reported in the pro-Assad ranks as well, but the death toll is not clear yet.”

ARA News could not verify the number of casualties in the ranks of the pro-regime forces.

“Similar clashes erupted between the radical group and the pro-Assad forces in the Sina’a district near the Joura neighborhood amid heavy artillery shelling by regime forces on IS locations in Ganamat neighborhood,” Abdulaziz told ARA News.

The clashes between the two sides expanded towards Hawijah Sagr area, one day after the group’s control of the regime-held checkpoint of Jamyan in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor city.


Reporting by: Adam Saleh

Source: ARA News

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