The provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate has been under a cruel nine month long siege that was imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) last September; however, despite the lack of food and necessities, the civilians of this eastern Syrian city have remained steadfast in their commitment to fending off the swarming militants from this terrorist organization.
Over 6,000 residents of the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor joined the civilian-led “National Defense Forces” (NDF) last December and since then, these resistance fighters have fought on every front in the province, including the volatile battle at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport.
ISIS launched another assault at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport on Saturday morning, as the terrorist group attempted to infiltrate the frontline defenses of the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division and the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard at the eastern perimeter of the airbase.
The battle for the Deir Ezzor Military Airport consumed most of the morning for the Syrian Armed Forces entrenched inside the base, as the soldiers fended off over 200 enemy combatants from ISIS that attacked their defenses in unison; this assault was eventually repelled after the militants from the terrorist group were forced to withdrawal.
In addition to the fighting at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, firefights were reported at the Al-Rasafa, Arfa, Al-Kanamat, Sheikh Yasseen, Al-Rashadiyah, and Al-Jubeileh Quarters of the provincial capital, along with clashes at the villages of Al-Muri’iyah, ‘Ayyash, and Al-Jafra.