DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – 5 Hezbollah fighters and 15 ISIS militants were killed during the latest round of clashes between the warring parties in the desert of southwestern Deir Ezzor on Tuesday.
The casualties were inflicted as the Islamic State launched a brief counter-offensive east of the T2 Pumping Station on Tuesday, targeting positions manned by Hezbollah and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in order to prevent a looming pro-government assault on the ISIS stronghold of Abu Kamal.
Although the SAA and Hezbollah did manage to take out the vanguard suicide bombers before they did any damage, ISIS launched a total of four anti-tank missiles towards government positions, killing some Hezbollah members that were peaking over the trenches to shoot at the incoming ISIS convoy.
Footage released by Amaq Agency shows two of the guided missile attacks striking a tank and a technical belonging to pro-government forces:
Meanwhile, breaking reports indicate that Iraqi forces – spearheaded by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) – have entered the ISIS stronghold of Abu Kamal from its southern gates moments ago.