Syrian soldiers from the Al-Qassem group in the Al-Sina'a District

DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (10:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a large-scale offensive in the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor City on Wednesday, targeting the large district of Al-Hawiqah, which is currently split between the aforementioned terrorist group and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Attempting to capture the northern sector of Al-Hawiqah, the Islamic State launched a powerful assault in order to overrun the Syrian Arab Army’s first-line of defense.

However, this attack would not go as planned for the Islamic State, thanks in large-part to the Russian Air Force’s nonstop airstrikes over their positions at Al-Hamidiyah and Hawija Al-Saqr.

According to a military source at the Deir Ezzor Airport, the Syrian Arab Army’s 119th Regiment and Al-Qassem Group (Republican Guard) managed to repel the Islamic State’s assault after nearly three hours of battle.

The military source added that at least 17 Islamic State fighters were identified among the dead on Wednesday, marking another brutal end to the terrorist group’s offensive operations in Deir Ezzor.

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