BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Alikhbaria Syria news agency has released a video showing the top commander of all Syrian Army forces in Deir Ezzor having a very brief phone conversation with the top general of the elite Tiger Forces Division, which is one of the leading formations currently attempting to lift the siege on the city.
The two generals in question are Issam Zahreddine (leader of all forces in Deir Ezzor) and Suheil al-Hassan (commander of the Tiger Forces).
The phone conversation took place several hours before the Syrian Army secured the Majbal (asphalt mines) area, approximately three kilometers from the nearest government lines within the Deir Ezzor defense perimeter.
In the conversation, Zahreddine informs Hassan to be careful of approaching the Majbal area.
As mentioned earlier, vanguard units of the Tiger Forces have since secured the Majbal area are now reportedly around two kilometers away from Syrian Army positions near the 137th Brigade Base, one of the main defense zones that guards the western approach to Deir Ezzor city.