DAMSCUS, SYRIA (3:20 P.M.) – As the Syrian forces readies mass crossing of the Euphrates River, the Russian military has sent new self-propelled ferries to the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor.
Footage filmed a couple of days ago shows PMM-2M ferries unloading at the coastal Khmeimim airbase in Syria and eventually transported to the country’s east.
PMM-2M is a self-propelled ferry vehicle used for transporting wheeled and tracked non-amphibious vehicles with a loaded weight up to 42.5 tons across wide water obstacles.
The deployment of the newly-arrived ferries is meant to assist the Syrian Army conduct a massive crossing to the eastern bank of the Euphrates with the aim to re-claim territories held by the Islamic State.
This will also most likely put the Syrian forces on a potential standoff with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Tensions in the oil-rich province have escalated with the Kurdish militia taking over the country’s largest gas field in the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.