BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 A.M.) – The last 48 hours in Deir Ezzor have been critical for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), as they find themselves facing the largest Islamic State (ISIS) assault of the year.
On Sunday, the Islamic State forces simultaneously stormed several sites around the Deir Ezzor Military Base and Panorama Roundabout, resulting in a series of intense clashes that lasted for most of the day.
ISIS managed to capture a number of points from the Syrian Army during this assault, advancing past the engineer housing to the northern perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport for the first time in a year.
Luckily, the Syrian Army was able to counter before day-end and reestablish control over the points northwest of the helicopter fields, forcing the terrorist forces to regroup away from the government’s front-lines.
Despite claims that ISIS captured the Al-Assad Hospital, local sources told Al-Masdar News on Sunday evening that the terrorist group never entered this medical facility.
Intense clashes are expected to resume in the coming hours, as the Islamic State looks to completely besiege the Deir Ezzor Airport from all sides.