Amaq Agency released footage on Thursday which revealed that the Russian Air Force had partially destroyed the main bridge linking Deir Ezzor city across the Euphrates River.
Deir Ezzor’s main bridge, known as the ‘Political Bridge’ or ‘Al-Siyasiyah Bridge’, has been destroyed at least three times in the past. Most recently, the U.S. Air Force struck it on September 27, 2016.
Previously, Hezbollah units destroyed the bridge in September 2014 after conducting a special operation behind enemy lines. Upon reconstruction by ISIS engineers, it was destroyed again in October 2015 by the Russian Air Force.
ISIS controls the entire eastern Deir Ezzor bank but only some neighbourhoods on the western bank, an urban area heavily contested by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Effectively, the destruction of the bridge has complicated Islamic State logistics in Deir Ezzor city.
In January 2016, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) targeted another vital piece of ISIS infrastructure as airstrikes destroyed the Buqaan Bridge near Al-Bukamal, further south in Deir Ezzor province.