On September 9, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies broke the ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor Airport and Harabesh district in the southern part of Deir Ezzor city after capturing the cemetery area, according to the Syrian Ministry of Defense.
The SAA destroyed several vehicles of ISIS and killed dozens of ISIS fighters south of Deir Ezzor city during its advance, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The Syrian Ministry of Defense also reported that ISIS fighters are now fleeing the area leaving their weapons and equipment behind.
By this advance the SAA is now on the verge of encirclng ISIS units that had besieged in Deir Ezzor city for about 3 years.
The SAA next goal will be to take control of the strategic Thurdah mount southwest of Deir Ezzor Airport.
In a related development, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that 40 Syrian soldiers were killed in an attack of ISIS on Humaymah village in the eastern Homs countryside. Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed 5 positions of the SAA around the village.
Moreover, Amaq said that ISIS fighters captured a vehicle armed with a 23mm gun and 7 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) with two launchers during the attack.
ISIS attack on Humaymah didn’t effect the ongoing SAA offensive in Deir Ezzor city. This proves that SAA is once again capable of operating successfully on more than one front.