The Syrian army forces on Thursday made new gains in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor after heavy clashes with Islamic State’s (ISIS) fighters.
The pro-Assad troops took over several villages in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor and have reached the strategic al-Sukhna town in the province.
“The army has reached the al-Sukhna suburb in western Deir ez-Zor after bombing major ISIS positions in the area,” local media activist Anwar Abdulbari told ARA News.
Dozens of ISIS militants were reported dead in Thursday’s clashes.
Al-Sukhna is a key defence line for ISIS militants in Deir ez-Zor province, near the border with Iraq.
“ISIS is trying to fortify the central city of Deir ez-Zor from the southwest, using trenches and laying hundreds of landmines to impede the Syrian army progress,” Abdulbari reported.
In the meantime, the ISIS media centre in Raqqa reported that their fighters have carried out three suicide attacks south of the province, targeting Syrian government forces. At least 12 Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed in the attack.
Reporting by: Samir al-Haj | Source: ARA News
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