The Syrian Arab Army’s 137 Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division – in coordination with the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Shaytat Tribesmen – launched a massive counter-assault around the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor on Sunday morning, striking the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at a number of sites around the city.
Unsuspecting of a potential assault by the Syrian Armed Forces, ISIS awoke to a flurry of airstrikes, artillery shells, and rockets on Sunday morning, as the SAA’s 137th and 104th Brigades stormed the terrorist group’s defensive positions at the Al-‘Amal and Al-Rusafa Districts of Deir Ezzor City.
Following an intense morning of firefights, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to achieve a break-through at the Al-Rusafa and Al-‘Amal Districts, capturing a number of buildings and street blocks from ISIS after they fractured the terrorist group’s frontline positions and moved into these respective areas.
However, the Syrian Armed Forces did not stop there, they would conduct a number attacks on ISIS’ positions at the Al-Kanamat, Al-Husseiniyeh, Al-Haweeqa, and Al-Rashidiyah Districts inside Deir Ezzor City, killing an estimated 45 enemy combatants, while destroying a half dozen armored vehicles.
Meanwhile, along Ghassan ‘Abboud Street, the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS engaged one another in a series of intense firefights that stretched from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Sunday.
In conjunction with their assault in Deir Ezzor City, the SAA’s 104th Brigade carried out their own operations on Sakr Island, where they encountered an ISIS contingent at Central Park, followed by another unit at the Eastern Bank Fisheries.