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On May 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a large-scale attack by ISIS cells on their positions in the area of al-Faydah in the southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the local Deir Ezzor News Network.
The pro-government network said that ISIS fighters captured several positions in al-Faydah in the course of the attack that lasted for more than six hours. However, the army managed to push the terrorists out of the area after killing and injuring many of them.
At least 4 Syrian service members were reportedly killed by the terrorist group’s fighters while defending their positions in al-Faydah.
A day earlier, the SAA foiled an attack by ISIS cells near the ancient city of Palmyra in the eastern Homs countryside and killed several terrorists.
Both attacks were apparently launched from the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. Hundreds of highly-experienced, well-armed ISIS fighters are reportedly hiding there.