Government forces, led by the Republican Guard and the National Defense Forces (NDF), advanced against ISIS terrorists southwest of Liwa’ Al-Ta’amin located south of Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Republican Guard and the NDF captured the Abu Hassan hill and killed 11 ISIS terrorists during the attack, including their commander “Abu Ayham al-Masri” [Egyptian national].
ISIS terrorists tried to regain the lost positions but government forces repelled the ISIS counterattack. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq published photos showing an SAA soldier being a target of an ISIS sniper.
The Syrian and Russian air power bombed ISIS positions in the districts of Al-A’mal, Al-Mouzafeen and Al-A’rfi in Deir Ezzor and in the vicinity of the Deir Ezzor Airport.
Separately, US-led coalition warplanes destroyed several boats and ferries between the villages of Sobha and Bulili east of Deir Ezzor. The US-led coalition’s air force also targeted a vehicle carrying ISIS terrorists in the village of Al-Bagouz in eastern Deir Ezzor.
Fighters of the Republican Guard, the Military Intelligence and the NDF are currently trying to link up the government-held area in Deir Ezzor with the Deir Ezzir Airport. If this is done, this will allow to re-establish a ground supply line to the Deir Ezzor Airport and to expand defenses in the city.