Russian and Syrian warplanes conduct fiercest raids on ISIS positions in Deir ez-Zor

The military airport of al-Kwayres in Deir ez-Zor province, eastern Syria. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Russian fighter jets and Syrian warplanes on Friday launched a new wave of airstrikes on the ISIS-held eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, military officials and local sources reported.

Fighting positions and ammunition depots of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group were hit with dozens of Syrian and Russian airstrikes.

This comes after the group’s militants staged an offensive on a regime-held air base in the suburb of Deir ez-Zor. 

The bombardments led to the destruction of a number of ISIS vehicles and oil tankers in separate areas across Deir ez-Zor province near the border with Iraq. It was not immediately clear how many ISIS militants were killed in Friday’s strikes. 

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, civil rights activist Ahmed Salame confirmed the death of at least seven civilians and the injury of several others in the airstrikes.

“Today the province witnessed the fiercest raids, mostly focused on ISIS ammunition depots and oil tankers. Yet several residential buildings were hit by airstrikes in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, causing the death of at least seven civilians, including two children, and the injury of more than ten others. Some of the wounded are in critical condition,” Salame reported. 

Syrian army sources said that clashes are still ongoing in the vicinity of the Deri ez-Zor military airport after ISIS fighters launched an attack on army positions there.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed

Source: ARA News 

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