On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured the Syriatel hill 30km east of al-Sukhnah town on the al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzor highway, according to pro-government sources. With this advance the SAA deployed in less than 75 km away from Deir Ezzor city beiseged by ISIS.
Pro-government sources also claimed that SAA deployed large forces to the east of al-Sukhnah town in the eastern Homs countryside in order to boost its advance towards Deir Ezzor city.
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In the southern Raqqa countryside, pro-government sources claimed confirmed that the SAA recaptured Sabkha and Ghanem al-Ali villages. Furthermore, the SAA reportedly besieged ISIS fighters in Sherida and Shanan villages near Ghanem al-Ali.
Local sources from Deir Ezzor city claimed that ISIS deployed 500 well equipped fighters to Ma’adan town in the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside. ISIS will likely launch another attack on the SAA in Ghanem al-Ali soon.
Meanwhile, 30 Iraqi fighters defected from ISIS in Deir Ezzor, according to an opposition source. The source added that ISIS is now chasing with the defectors, and has so far killed 2 of them.
ISIS leadership have been challenged many times by the locals over the last few months amid the ISIS major defeats in Syria and Iraq.