Deir Ezzur: ISIL’s Belgian commander killed, army advances in more strategic regions

FNA- The Syrian army continued anti-ISIL military operations to break the siege of Deir Ezzur airbase, advancing in strategic areas and killing a Belgian terrorist commander and several other foreign militants.

A field source said that the army units inched closer to Be’r Abu Hassan region adjacent to al-Ta’min brigade.

The source stated that during the army operations aimed at opening roads linking Deir Ezzur’s Western regions to the airbase, the Syrian soldiers could advance in important areas in the Southwestern parts of the airbase, killing a Belgian commander and several other foreign members of the ISIL terrorist group.

They also could seized different types of weapons and ammunition from the ISIL.

The source added that the Syrian and Russian fighter jets are repeatedly targeting ISIL’s positions in Deir Ezzur and have shattered all bases and roads used by the terrorist group, specially in the Cemetery region, brick factories and al-Mojbal, al-Tharda, Wadi al-Tharda and al-Ammal regions.

The Syrian forces seek to extend the range of their military operations near Deir Ezzur airbase and all roads linking the airbase to the Western districts – recently closed after ISIL’s suicide attacks.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian army forces continued military operations against ISIL in Deir Ezzur, destroying an important tunnel used by the terrorists in the city and killing a group of militants.

The Syrian soldiers blew up a 23-meter-long tunnel belonging to the ISIL in front of al-Makateb region of al-Sana’a district which was used for attacking the army positions by bomb-laden vehicles.

Also, other units of the army launched massive military operations in al-Maleha region near the areas adjacent to Regiment 137 Base in Southwestern Deir Ezzur, and killed all members of an ISIL grouplet.

Field sources said on Wednesday that the Syrian army has dispatched a large number of forces with heavy military equipment to Eastern Homs to take part in an imminent operation to lift the siege on pro-government forces in Deir Ezzur.

The sources said that tens of heavy military vehicles, tanks, missile launchers, cannons and hundreds of soldiers and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have left de-escalation zones in Northern Hama for Badiyeh (desert) Palmyra to participate in an imminent large-scale operation to end ISIL presence in Deir Ezzur province.

In the meantime, a military column, including several vehicles, have reached East of Palmyra city, North of al-Sha’er oilfield and East of Jubb al-Jarrah region in Eastern Homs.