BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – Not long after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recovered several points in Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State launched another powerful assault that targeted the military airport, Junayd District, Panorama Roundabout, and provincial cemetery.
However, unlike their previous attacks during this offensive, the Islamic State concentrated a large number of their fighters at the Deir Ezzor Cemetery, where the Syrian Arab Army was least prepared for a third assault.
ISIS has reportedly sent wave after wave of combatants towards the cemetery and airport this afternoon, hoping to achieve another break-through amid the fierce resistance from the Syrian Armed Forces.
According to a military source, the Syrian and Russian air forces have been launching nonstop airstrikes over Deir Ezzor since 4:00 A.M. (Damascus time) this morning; this has resulted in the death of a large number of terrorists, including the Harakat Al-Muthanna leader Naji Al-Musalimah.
Intense clashes are still ongoing at several axes in Deir Ezzor, as the Islamic State attempts to revive their offensive against the Syrian Arab Army inside this desert province in eastern Syria.