Oil field in Syria's Raqqa province. File photo
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ERBIL – The U.S.-led coalition forces conducted Wednesday midnight a number of airstrikes on the eastern areas of Deir ez-Zor province, eastern Syria, local sources reported on Thursday.
“Flames in the eastern villages were seen rising, especially in the village of Baqras and the vicinity of al-Omar oil field,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
In the meantime, the U.S.-led forces reportedly conducted a parachutist landing operation near al-Omar oil field east of Deir ez-Zor.
Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, media activist Yasser ad-Deiri said that six U.S.-led helicopters carried out a parachutist operation near al-Omar oil field.
“The military operation apparently targeted a top commander in the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS),” he said.
The move resulted in the arrest of a number of militants, without any information about the leading member, according to ISIS’s loyalists in the area.
“The U.S.-led helicopters began bombing the area with more than eight strikes around the oil field before the parachutist operation,” media activist Mujahid al-Shami told ARA News.
“Also, unidentified jets bombed the outskirts of al-Omar oil field, coinciding with a state of alert in the ranks of the terror group,” the source said.
“An entire power outage swept the city of Mayadeen in Deir ez-Zor province.”
The area has not witnessed such intense airstrikes by the coalition since May.
In May, 2015, the U.S. Defense Department announced in an official statement that the U.S. Special Forces conducted a military operation inside the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, northeastern Syria, and was able to kill Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS senior leader.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News