Late on April 3, the U.S.-led coalition air dropped logistic and military supplies for its troops in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor.
The North Press Agency (NPA) released a video showing a U.S. C-130 cargo plane dropping the supplies from a low altitude. The supplies landed near the al-Omar oil fields in southeast Deir Ezzor, and were later distributed to coalition bases in the fields and in the nearby Conico gas factory.
The coalition usually ships supplies to its troops in northeast Syria through the Semalka border crossing with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. However, the river crossing is currently unsafe due to floods. This explains why the coalition opted to air drop the supplies.
Earlier this week, dozens of trucks loaded with supplies for coalition troops entered northeast Syria through Semalka. The supplies were deployed in key coalition bases near the Rmelan oil fields in northern al-Hasakah and the area of al-Shaddadi in the southern countryside of the governorate.
The U.S.-led coalition presence in northeast Syria is limited to Deir Ezzor and al-Hasakah. Around 500 troops are now deployed in several bases in these two governorates in order to “guard” oil fields from ISIS.
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