Syrian government forces have started the ISIS-held neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor city, the Russian state-run news agency RIA reported citing own correspondent on the ground.
According to the report, government forces, backed up by artillery units and warplanes, are destroying ISIS fortifications in the al-Hamidiya area.
ISIS units respond with an intense mortar fire and have conducted 3 suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attacks. No info about the army casualties has been provided.
Meanwhile, local sources say that the advance inside Deir Ezzor city is led by units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG).
Meanwhile, the SAA and the SRG continued operations against ISIS in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor Airport securing this strategic facility. The goal of the operation is to turn the airport into a launching pad for further government operations against ISIS in the province.