Syria rebels advance in Deir ez-Zor battles against ISIL

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ARA News

Deir ez-Zor, Syria – On Monday, 5 civilians were reported dead in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor city amid clashes between militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and rebels of al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra).

Fayez Abdul Aziz, civil activist based in Deir ez-Zor, told ARA News that the clashes erupted between al-Nusra fighters and ISIL group in the vicinity of the ISIL-held town of al-Buseira.

“The clashes claimed lives of 5 civilians in the town, three of them were from one family,” Abdul Aziz reported.

Al-Buseira clashes started earlier on Sunday, and claimed lives of at least 6 fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra so far, while 5 ISIL militants were reportedly killed.

Local sources reported that al-Nusra fighters took several ISIL militants as hostages in al-Buseira town, east of Deir ez-Zor city.

Meanwhile, local activists told ARA News that al-Nusra Front and fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) backed by other Islamic brigades seized several villages in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, including al-Jee’a, Mihemidah, Kasra, Hamar al-Kasra, Hamar Ali, al-Hisan, and Husseiniya, after clashes with al-Qaeda splinter group of ISIL.

 

Reporting by: Adam Saleh

Source: ARA News

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