BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Forces from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) battled members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) in the Hwijt Saker neighbourhood of Deir ez-Zor, Thursday.
SAA troops crossed a distributary of the Euphrates river connecting Deir ez-Zor’s city centre and the neighbourhood of Hwikt Saker.
Amongst the fighters was Major General of the Syrian Republican Guard Issam Zahreddine.
Heavy fighting then commenced between SAA soldiers and IS militants.
Deir ez-Zor, which is situated southeast of IS’ former stronghold of Raqqa, was besieged by Islamic State in 2014.