DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Last night, hundreds of Islamic State insurgents began a series of attacks across government-held districts of Deir Ezzor and its isolated airbase, located south of the provincial capital.
With most of the assault centered around the eastern perimeter of Deir Ezzor Airbase and the Al-Huwyqah neighborhood, the SAA was able to hold its ground despite facing one of the largest attacks this year which continued non-stop for some 10 hours.
During the lengthy overnight clashes, ground units of the SAA used anti-tank missiles to destroy two Islamic State BMP-1 armored vehicles, one on the Al-Malha street and the other in the embattled Huwyqah suburb.
Heaps of ISIS insurgents were killed during the failed assault although the corpses were too many to properly count. Around 10,000 jihadists militants have been killed by the SAA’s garrison in Deir Ezzor since 2012.
Upon intel receiving from spies living in ISIS-held residential areas of the city, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) targeted a jihadist operations room in the Al-Ardi district where many ISIS commanders may have been killed by an air raid on Thursday morning.
SAA artillery units also heavily shelled ISIS supply lines and gathering points across rearguard positions, striking insurgents at the Al-Matar district, Al-Arfi district, Panorama bridge, Al-Baghiliyah town, the cemetery area, west of the Al-Sannouf hill and on the eastern axis of Deir Ezzor Airbase.
ISIS also pounded government-held neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor city with missiles, killing two civilians and injuring at least ten non-combattants according to local media.
Meanwhile, Russian cargo planes successfully dropped 26 crates of supplies by parachute. This much needed food and medicin landed safely in the government-held Harabsh and Jafrah districts and inside the airport.
Several outlets, including Step Agency, fabricated news of ISIS advances in Deir Ezzor today which military sources informed Al-Masdar News were completely false.
Last week, ISIS released a lengthy propaganda video from Deir Ezzor, brandishing its child fighters and inviting more Syrian adolescents to join the hardline group.