The Russian military has increased airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in and near Deir Ezzor as government forces are developing momentum in order to break the ISIS siege from the strategic city.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the airstrikes destroyed 2 battle tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles and 10 vehicles equipped with weapons. Over 70 ISIS members were reportedly killed as a result of the air raids.
“The Russian Aerospace Forces conducted more than 80 sorties over Deir ez-Zor [Deir Ezzor] in the interest of aviation support provided to the Syrian troops. The Russian aircraft eliminated 2 tanks, 3 IFVs, more than 10 offroaders with heavy armament. More than 70 terrorists were injured and killed,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies reached the outskirts of Deir Ezzor last weekend. Since then, government troops have been battling with ISIS terrorists in order to establish a constant link with government units besieged in the city.