Few moments ago, the Russian Defense Ministry confimred in an official statement that Syrian troops have cross the Euphrates River and liberates some villages on its eastern bank.
According to the statement, government forces, joined by the 4th Armoured Division, crossed the river using a pontoon bridge.
“The storm troops of the Syrian army have driven IS militants out of a number of villages on the eastern shore of Euphrates and are carrying out an offensive in the eastern direction, broadening the foothold they seized,” the ministry said, according to the Russian state-run media outlet TASS.
Earlier today, reports appeared in multiple sources that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) crossed the Euphrates river and started advancing against ISIS on its eastern side allegedly liberating the villages of Marat and Madhlum.
Meanwhile, government forces advanced against ISIS in the Saker Island on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, capturing at least the Saudi villa, and allegedly forcing ISIS to retreat in the direciotn of the Kanafat bridge. Some pro-government sources even claimed that the entire island has been already liberated. However, the situation remains unclear amid a lack of videos and photos from the area.