Members of the Syrian regime's army stand next to dead bodies of militants in Deir ez-Zor. File photo
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DEIR EZZOR – More than 100 militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in renewed attacks by Syrian army forces in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, official reported on Monday.
The Syrian regime’s army troops hit ISIS headquarters with heavy artillery shelling in the districts of Sheikh Yassin, Hamidiyah, Ardeyh and Rashidi in Deir ez-Zor.
This coincided with several airstrikes by the Syrian air force on the ISIS fighting positions in the Mareyiah village in Deir ez-Zor’s suburb.
“At least 80 Daesh terrorists were killed in the city of Deir ez-Zor under heavy shelling by the Syrian army. More than 20 others were killed under Syrian airstrikes in the village of Mareiyah in the eastern suburb of Deir ez-Zor,” the army said in a statement, using an acronym for ISIS.
Speaking to ARA News, a spokesman for the campaign “Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently” said that the dead militants included a top commander of ISIS known as Abu Islam al-Baghdadi, who was killed along with dozens of jihadis in the Hamidiyah bombardment.
“Several other prominent members of ISIS were killed in the regime’s operations, including Tamir Haiji, Islam al-Deri, Bassel al-Hamed, Sultan Awwad and Salem Awwad,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In the meantime, the ISIS operations chamber in Deir ez-Zor said in a statement that its fighters have bombed Syrian army’s positions with dozens of “hell canons”, adding that dozens of pro-regime troops were killed in the bombardment.
Local sources reported that the clashes between ISIS and the Syrian army forces continued until Monday midnight.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News