On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies advanced over 10km inside Deir Ezzor governorate and reached the Harbisha area west of Bir Ghabaghib village on the Sukhnah-Deir Ezzor highway according to pro-government sources.
The SAA is now located less than 50km away from Deir Ezzor city.
Meanwhile, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria reported that Syrian warplanes bombed ISIS positions and vehicles in Aksh, Um Mail, Abu Jubilat, al-Qastal al-Shamali, al-Qastal al-Wastani and al-Qastal al-Janubi in the eastern Hama countryside, and in Saria’at Junid, al-Qriah hill and al-Mukbat areas around Deir Ezzor city. Dozens of ISIS fighters were reportedly killed and dozens of ISIS vehicles were destroyed in the bombing.
It’s still early to expect that the SAA will reach Deir Ezzor city via the al-Sukhnah-Dier zor highway soon. The SAA had many troubles maintaining its positions on the western bank of the Euphrates River in southern Raqqah. According to epxerts, it will be even harder for the SAA to defend its positions in the desert area between Homs and Deir Ezzor.