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Date of Release: 2017-09-04

Syrian army, allies 3 kilometers away from besieged Dayr al-Zawr enclave

madaresharghi Syria’s state-run television reported on Monday that army and allied forces had come to within three kilometers of Dayr al-Zawr, located 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus on the shores of the Euphrates River. The development came after the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that Syrian troops, supported by Russian military aircraft, had advanced on several […]

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Syria’s state-run television reported on Monday that army and allied forces had come to within three kilometers of Dayr al-Zawr, located 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus on the shores of the Euphrates River.

The development came after the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that Syrian troops, supported by Russian military aircraft, had advanced on several fronts towards Dayr al-Zawr, and arrived at the Brigade 137 base on the western edge of the city overnight.

The Britain-based monitoring group noted that Syrian troops are now battling to break the Daesh siege of the base.

“There have been multiple collapses of the Daesh line in the western part of Dayr al-Zawr Province, allowing the army to move quickly and arrive 10 kilometers from the besieged forces,” an unnamed military source said.

“The siege on the government troops will be broken within hours,” he added.

Syrian pro-government forces gather on a road in Bir Qabaqib, more than 40 kilometers west of Dayr al-Zawr, after taking control of the area on their way to Kobajeb in the ongoing battle against Daesh Takfiri militants on September 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Later in the day, Syrian state media reported the army had regained full control over the town of Kabajeb southwest of Dayr al-Zawr.

Meanwhile, Provincial governor Mohamed Ibrahim Samra has told Syria’s official news agency SANA that besieged residents are celebrating as army forces and their allies advance.

“Yesterday Deir al-Zor city saw celebrations and rejoicing among all segments of society ahead of the expected victory with the advance of the Syrian Arab Army to the outskirts of the besieged city,” he said.

Daesh militants overran large parts of Dayr al-Zawr Province, including its many oilfields, in mid-2014 as it seized areas in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

By early 2015, the Takfiri terrorists were in control of parts of Dayr al-Zawr city, and besieged the remaining parts of it under government control.

It is estimated that 100,000 people remain in government-held parts of the city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates more than 10,000 people may live in Daesh-held parts of the city.

 

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