Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Air strikes kill 69 in Syrian east since Sunday: Observatory

Air strikes kill 69 in Syrian east since Sunday: Observatory

Deir el-Zour is the last major IS holdout in Syria and the Syrian campaign, backed by Russian air power, broke a almost three-year-old siege on the provincial capital where troops had been encircled by IS militants.

Regime troops are preparing to cross the River Euphrates, up to now the "line of deconfliction" with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-led militia fighting Isis with United States and British help, according to Iranian media.

The regime relieved a three-year Isis siege of Deir Ezzor...

"Huge military reinforcements, including equipment, vehicles and fighters have arrived in Deir Ezzor ahead of an attack to push Daesh from the city's eastern neighbourhoods", said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Syrian troops, with Russian air support and accompanied by Iran-backed fighters, have in recent weeks pushed Islamic State militants out of central Homs province, near the border with Lebanon, and are now fighting them in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province in the east.

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It remained unclear whether the Deir Ezzor Civil Council would coordinate with, or rival, government authorities already present in other parts of the city.

Government troops have broken both extremist sieges and were preparing yesterday to launch an offensive on the eastern districts still held by IS.

The strikes come a day after the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian strikes killed 34 civilians southeast of the city, as they fled across the Euphrates River. Russian airstrikes on the western bank of the Euphrates river killed "16 civilians, including five children".

The SDF's advance is backed by the US-led coalition battling IS in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

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