The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched their largest offensive inside the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Sunday morning, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Harabash School District building.
Hundreds of ISIL fighters reportedly stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the Harabash School District building after a failed VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) attack, resulting in a fierce battle that would last for over 2 hours on Sunday morning.
However, ISIL was unable to seize the Harabash School District building after several attempts to infiltrate the Syrian Armed Forces’ front-lines.
Instead, the Syrian Arab Army’s resistance proved too much for the terrorist group, resulting in ISIL’s abrupt retreat from the Harabash District to Sakr Island (Haweeja Sakr).
According to a source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, ISIL suffered over 30 casualties during their disastrous offensive at the Harabash District on Sunday, including several foreign fighters from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, and Libya.
ISIL’s offensive at the Harabash District on Sunday was in response to the Syrian Arab Army’s recent advance in Deir Ezzor’s southwestern countryside; in particular, the Thayyem Oil Fields and Gas Company’s Technical Institute.