SITUATION IN SYRIA’S DEIR AL-ZOUR PROVINCE BODES ILL AMID MASSIVE DAESH OFFENSIVE
DAMASCUS, Syria, The three-day offensive by the Daesh on government-controlled parts of the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, is boding ill for the city, as the terror-designated group has succeeded to make important gains.
The intense battles between the government forces and the militants are still raging in Deir al-Zour, coupled with dozens of air strikes, targeting the advancing terrorists.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group, said that, the militants made important gains, capturing areas around the Deir al-Zour airbase, which enabled the group to cut the road between the base and the city, just a day after the militants captured the mountain overlooking the city.
This progress is dangerous, as the airbase is the only lifeline left for the city, which has been besieged by the Daesh since early 2015.
Cutting the road is not only cutting a lifeline, but also divides the government-controlled parts of the city in two, eastern and western, which tightens the noose on over 500,000 civilians in the city.
The Daesh’s main aim behind their broad offensive in Deir al-Zour was cutting the lifeline of the city, their next step is apparently attempting to capture the airbase, and in the near future, to storm the government-controlled parts of the city, if there was no surgical military operation, to put an end to the marching terrorists.
The Observatory, said, 28 government soldiers have been killed over the past three days, as well as, 40 Daesh militants and 14 civilians.
Meanwhile, a military source said that, the Syrian air force is continuing to carry out air strikes on the Daesh positions, in the vicinity of the airbase, south of Deir al-Zour, as well as, the factories area and panorama area, in its south-west.
Opposition activists placed the number of air strikes at 60.
The Syrian state TV confirmed that the Daesh cut the road between the airbase and the city, saying, the Syrian forces have started a counter-offensive to restore the areas stormed by the Daesh.
Meanwhile, the governor of Deir al-Zour, Ibrahim Samra, told pro-government Sham FM that, the Daesh losses are estimated at 120 slain militants.
Citing officials in the Health Department in Deir al-Zour, the report said, 25 civilians have been killed and 45 others wounded, since the terror group launched its attack on the city, three days ago.
The health officials said, there is a shortage in the medical staffers in Deir al-Zour.
The report said, huge bombings were heard overnight in the city, in what appeared to be Russian and Syrian air strikes targeting the Daesh.
The Observatory said, the Daesh offensive is the most violent since the terror group attacked areas in Deir al-Zour and besieged government-controlled areas in the city, two years ago.
The militants have been preparing for this new offensive since early this month, when they brought in tires and crude oil, in what the Observatory said was a preparation to make huge fire during their offensive.
It’s worth mentioning that the Daesh controls large swathes of the Deir al-Zour countryside, and its recent attempt is to storm the besieged government-controlled areas in the city.
Deir al-Zour holds a significance for the Daesh as an oil-rich area near the Iraqi border.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/situation-in-syrias-deir-al-zour-province-bodes-ill-amid-massive-daesh-offensive/National news