AlMasdarNews reports: On Thursday, the Islamic State launched another assault on several government-held areas in Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor.
According to a military source in the city, ISIS launched attacks towards the Panorama Roundabout and government positions at the Thurdah mountain; these sites are located west of Deir Ezzor city and have been targeted countless times by ISIS in the past weeks.
Around midnight, Islamic State fighters attempted to infiltrate SAA positions at Jabal Thurdah under the cover of darkness; however, the ISIS unit was spotted and came under heavy fire, thereby killing 7 ISIS militants and injuring several others before they retreated back.
The Panorama Roundabout remains under government control for now; however, the strategic Thurdah mountain is split between ISIS and the SAA at several points.
Meanwhile, Russian airstrikes targeted ISIS insurgents at al-Baghiliyah (north of Deir Ezzor) and al-Mariyah (southeast of Deir Ezzor), thereby leading to the death of another 12 ISIS fighters and the destruction of several gun trucks.
Finally, the SAA discovered and blew up an Islamic State tunnel connecting the Cinema Fouaa street with the Al-Jabelah neighbourhood.
The SAA still controls approximately 45% of Deir Ezzor city, an important government bastion which keeps a great deal of ISIS fighters occupied far from other volatile frontlines.