DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:45 P.M.) – The National Defence Forces (NDF) published footage on Tuesday showing a fierce battle with ISIS insurgents in the besieged city of Deir Ezzor, more specifically at the highly contested cemetery area.
Well aware of the strategic importance of upholding the siege on the airport, ISIS is contesting every inch in the cemetery area and adjacent Workers’ Housing District, often launching counter-attacks overnight only to be pushed back by airstrikes and machine-gun fire during daylight.
Despite slowly gaining ground in the area, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), NDF and pro-government tribal forces are yet to connect Deir Ezzor Airbase with the provincial capital.
The SAA reportedly lacks armored vehicles in Deir Ezzor, receiving no new tanks nor infantry support vehicles since the siege began in 2014. However, new batches of Republican Guard troops have arrived in the city to reinforce the SAA garrison.
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