Over the past week, the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor has witnessed heavy clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS fighters.
Most specifically, the southern district of al-Sina’ah has been the battle ground of huge ongoing skirmishes.
Today, an al-Masdar source based in Deir Ezzor city says that government troops control about 80% of the district with ISIS still present in some of its northern buildings.
He added that 10 SAA troops had been killed during clashes here with dozens injured over the past two weeks of bloody clashes.
The government troops operational in the district are made up by the SAA’s 104th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the SAA’s al-Qassem group (lead by General Ghassan Tarraf) and Sunni fighters of the al-Shaitat tribe.
Al-Sina’ah district holds significant strategic importance as it safeguards the northern entrance to Deir Ezzor Airbase which represents the only way for government supplies to reach the besieged city.
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