On November 17, the Russian-backed ISIS Hunters announced that they have fully secured Kate Island north of the city of Deir Ezzor and captured 250 fighters of ISIS. The captured ISIS fighters had been trapped inside the island since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated Deir Ezzor on November 3.
The ISIS Hunters revealed that they launched their final attack on Kate Island on November 14. The Russian-backed force besieged the ISIS fighters inside the island and didn’t allow them to escape through the Euphrates River.
Hundreds of civilians were also hiding in Kate Island, according to Syrian oppositions activists. These civilians were likely evacuated to the govement-held areas. However, no official source talked about the fate of these civilians.
Deir Ezzor can be now considered fully secured and liberated from ISIS. The surrender of such high numbers of ISIS fighters show that the terrorist group members are suffering from low morale. More ISIS members will likely surrender in the coming months in Syria and Iraq.