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Daesh launches biggest offensive of the year in Deir Ezzor, cutting Assad regime-held pocket in half.

 

Yesterday, Daesh succeeded in tightening the siege on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport from all parts, isolating it from the regime-held areas of Deir Ezzor city as a result of a large-scale offensive that enabled them to make substantial gains west of the airport.

 

The organization gained control over the Assurance Battalion, the Engineers Association buildings and the Block Factory, which are the main supply lines and the only road connecting the airport with the Assad regime controlled areas in west of the city of Deir Ezzor.

 

After that, Daesh fighters continued their advances by the capturing of the Karaj area, the cemetery area, the Missile Battalion and the mountain overlooking the city after the launching of simultaneous attacks on those areas and vicinity of the airport.

 

In the offensive, the organization employed all kinds of heavy weapons, including tanks, armored vehicles and guided missiles. They also benefited from the reinforcements that arrived to the province from the Iraqi Nineveh province.

The attack in south the city and west of the military airport coincided with a similar assault on the Ruwad hill, the vicinity of Brigade 137, the Panorama Checkpoint, the Jafra village and the Omal and Muwadfine neighborhoods, where Assad’s forces are entrenched.

 

The gains enabled the group to isolate the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the Harabish and Tahtouh neighborhoods from the regime-held areas in the western part of the city, which include the Joura and the Qusour neighborhoods, in addition to the security square, the Talai’ center and Brigade 137.

 

In response, the Russian and Assad’s warplanes have intensified the airstrikes on the city of Deir Ezzor and its countryside, carrying out more than 100 air raids. The airstrikes are concentrated on the Bughayliya town, the vicinity of Brigade 137, the military airport and the Jafra village.

Dozens of strikes were also executed on the Sinaa’, the Humeidiya and the Oradi neighborhoods of the city, causing several civilian casualties.

 

Meanwhile, the organization continue to shell the besieged areas, controlled by Assad’s forces, which has resulted in civilian casualties.

6 civilians were killed in the Daesh-held neighborhood of Al-Humeidiya, while 5 others were killed in the Muhassan city. 5 civilian casualties were reported in the besieged areas after the organization targeted them with mortar shells.

 

Fear has dominated the civilians in the besieged neighborhoods, which are home to more than 100 thousand, amid concerns of activists from the province about the committing of mass massacres against them, in case the organization succeeds in gaining control over those neighborhoods.