A destroyed building in Deir ez-Zor city, eastern Syria. File photo
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DEIR EZZOR – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched an offensive on a district held by the Syrian regime in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province, causing dozens of casualties among civilians, activists reported on Friday.
ISIS militants bombed the Qusour district with mortar fire, targeting residential buildings.
“At least 23 civilians were killed and 30 others injured in the attack,” local media activist Samir al-Khalaf told ARA News in Deir ez-Zor.
The ISIS bombardment, that caused mass destruction to civilian houses in the Qusour district, took place after clashes between the group and Syrian army troops in the al-Joura neighbourhood of Deir ez-Zor.
“The Islamic State carried out this aggressive attack on civilians in al-Qusour after people refused to leave the regime-held district,” al-Khalaf reported.
ISIS accused residents of the regime-held areas in Deir ez-Zor province of cooperating with and providing a social incubator for the Syrian army forces–that are in conflict with the militant group.
A large part of Deir ez-Zor is now under ISIS control, while the pro-regime army forces try to keep their final positions in the city and its suburb, such as al-Qusour and al-Joura.
Reporting by: Bassam Qadir
Source: ARA News