Pro-government sources claimed that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Tribal Forces captured the villages of Muqla Saghira, Al-Rabyeh, Joubilly, Salim al-Hammad, Abu Hammad and Ghanim al-Ali on the West Bank of the Euphrates River in the southeastern Raqqa countryside.
Furthermore, the SAA reportedly advanced on Wadi Al Tarab, Tal Al-Tarab, Al-Rujum, Wadi Al Kharayj and Wadi Hamamiya and captured these villages in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
On Saturday, ISIS claimed that its fighters managed to repel a SAA attack on Ghanim al-Ali village, where ISIS allegedly targeted a gathering of the SAA soldiers near Ghanim al-Ali with a VBIED. ISIS also claimed that its fighters destroyed 3 SAA armed vehicles with ATGMs.
Pro-government sources confirmed that SAA faced fierce resistance from ISIS fighters in Ghanim Al-Ali village before it liberated the village on Sunday.
In Deir Ezzor, ISIS fighters attacked SAA positions in Al-Makbara area. ISIS used battle tanks in the attack, but the SAA managed to repel the attack.
The Hezbollah media wing in Syria also announced that the SAA had succeeded in digging a 280 meters long trench in the cemetery area in Deir Ezzor. The trench cuts ISIS supply routes between Al-Thardah mountain and its positions in the cemetery area and inside the city.
According to the recent reports, the SAA is currently over 45 km away from Deir Ezzor city. It’s believed that the SAA will face stronger resistance from ISIS fighters after capturing Sukhna town in the eastern Homs countryside and exterminating ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside. ISIS allegedly transported dozens of fighters from Hama and Homs to Deir Ezzor to defend its positions in the oil-rich province.