Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

IS vehicle bomb kills 18 in Syria

IS vehicle bomb kills 18 in Syria

Al-Mayadeen, near the Iraqi border in Deir al Zor province, had become a major base for Islamic State militants as they were being driven out of their de facto Syrian capital in Raqqa city by a USA -backed offensive.

The World Health Organization has received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syrian Arab Republic that has destroyed the only vaccines cold room in al-Mayadeen district, Deir Ezzor Governorate.

A medical source in the Kurdish Red Crescent told Reuters that the death is at least 50 following a triple auto bomb attack in Abu Furas, which separate Hasaka from Deir Ez Zor.

The area controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria has been reduced to less than 8 percent as Syrian government troops, backed by Russian Airspace Forces, continue their successful advance in Deir ez-Zor Province.

Both the SDF and the observatory blamed the attack on the ISIS militants who are also under the pressure from the SDF forces in Raqqa, their self-styled capital in Syria.

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"Islamic State now controls 14,800 square kilometers, which is less than 8 percent of the Syrian territory", General Sergey Rudskoy, spokesman for the General Staff, told a press briefing.

The terror group is now holding the city of Bukamal, the last key stronghold in Deir al-Zour, and its defeat in that area would be the final countdown for its eradication from Syria. Over the past months, it has seen fierce fighting between Islamic State and Syrian forces trying to push the Islamists from the small swath of land they held.

The source said the militants had suffered a "collapse" in their ranks.

"The Russian Airspace Forces will continue the operation against IS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups until their full elimination", he said.

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