Deir ez-Zor, Syria− Fighters of the Syrian opposition controlled on Friday the city of Albo Kamal in Deir ez-Zor province after two days of clashes with al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Dozens of fighters were killed during the clashes, local sources reported.
Fayez Abdulaziz, civil rights activist based in Deir Ezzor, told ARA News that fighters of Ahrar al-Sham movement (backed by Jabhat al-Nusra and other rebel groups) took control over the entire city of Albo Kamal east of Deir ez-Zor.
“The clashes resulted in the death of 120 members from both sides,” Abdulaziz said.
“ISIL members withdrew towards the villages of Margada area, the Iraqi border and the desert, as clashes extended to several villages in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor,” the source added. “The region witnessed a wave of displacement among civilians towards the city of al-Mayadeen and surrounding villages.”
The city of Albo Kamal is located at the Syrian-Iraqi borders. The Iraqi side of Albo Kamal border crossing is closed, while the Syrian side is dominated by the opposition forces since Nov. 2012.
Reporting by: Adam Saleh
Source: ARA News
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