The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has reemerged along the eastern gates of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport after brief hiatus that saw the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division lift the six month long siege of the Al-Jourah District, which ultimately allowed for almost 20,000 civilians to receive aid from the Syrian Red Crescent.
On Monday morning, the terrorist group capitalized on their recent gains inside of the village of Al-Muri’iyah by launching a large-scale assault on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s eastern perimeter, marking the first time in two weeks that ISIS has attempted to break-through the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses along this front.
Unfortunately for the ISIS militants charging the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s eastern perimeter, they were met with a barrage of gunfire and mortar shells from the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Brigade and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, resulting in the obstruction of the terrorist group’s advancement after almost six hours of non-stop firefights.
Not to be outdone, ISIS did not limit their assault to just the Deir Ezzor Military Airport: the terrorist group continued their powerful assault on the Old Airport and Al-Rusafa Districts inside the provincial capital in order to weaken the Syrian Armed Forces’ defenses at the Industrial District (Al-Sina’a).
In addition to their assault to the aforementioned districts, the terrorist group targeted the recently liberated Al-Jourah District with a multitude of mortar shells and rockets, wounding a half dozen civilians in the process.
According to battlefield reports, the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS clashed at the Al-Kanamat, Al-Jubeileh, Sheikh Yassine, and Al-Husseiniyeh Districts inside the provincial capital.