On Wednesday, the ISIS defense collapsed in an area northwest of Deir Ezzor city, on the western bank of the Euphrates. Government forces, led by units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, entered the villages of Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah and Tibni as well as the Salim Mount.
Almost no clashes were reported in the area, according to local sources, because a major part of ISIS units had already withdrawn from there. With this advance, the SAA and its allies liberated about 100km2 and deployed in about 20km from the ISIS strong point of Maadan. Most likely, Maadan remained the only really defended ISIS point northwest of Deir Ezzor city.
Eearlier on Wednesday, reports appeared that some forces conducted an airdrop operation behind ISIS lines near the Conco Gas Plant on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. So far, it is unclear what side really conducted it. However, the attempt of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to prevent government forces from deploying more forces on the eastern bank flooding the Euphrates with the SDF-controlled dam.