On May 9, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Liwa al-Quds backed by the Russian Aerospace Force continued their advance in the ISIS-held pocket between Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates reaching the al-Tamah area, 60km southwest of the city of Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
SAA soldiers killed several fighters of ISIS during their advance.
The SANA said that the SAA and its allies had liberated more than 15,00 km2 in the western and southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside from ISIS since the begining of their military operation there on May 8.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq has not released any report about the ongoing clashes between ISIS and the SAA in western Deir Ezzor. However, the source said that ISIS fighters had shelled several positions of the SAA around the city of al-Bukamal in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside with recoilless rifles.
Syrian pro-government activists believe that the SAA will continue its rapid advance in the the desert between Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates, as it is hard for ISIS to build defense lines there.