On Wednesday, pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, captured al-Ba’um area and al-Balout district in the northern and eastern parts of Mayadin city in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to pro-government sources.
The SAA also advanced in al-Sina’a district in the northern part of the city as well as captured the electricity company and many farms in the southern part of the city.
Meanwhile, the SAA advanced north of Deir Ezzor city and captured several buildings blocks north of Hatla town. Moreover, the SAA is about to capture the strategic al-Siasiyah bridge northwest of Hatla town. ISIS fighters inside Deir Ezzor city will be besieged once the SAA captures the strategic bridge.
Syrian warplanes destroyed positions and vehicles of ISIS in Mayadin and al-Muhasan cities and Tyibah, Diban, Boqruss and al-Boleel villages in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. Airstrikes also pounded ISIS in Saqr island east of Deir Ezzor and inside Deir Ezzor city, according to the Syrian Arabic News Agency (SANA).
The SAA will likely fully encircle Deir Ezzor city in the coming days, and launch its assault on ISIS-held districts inside the city. Since 2014, ISIS has captured around 40% of the city, mainly in the southern and eastern parts of it.