Syria Army, Allies Advance toward Deir Ez-Zor

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Syria’s army and its allies advanced toward the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, retaking al-Kharata oil field from the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists, a war monitor reported.

Sunday’s advance brings the army and its allies to about 10km from the city, said the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported.

On Saturday, a military media unit run by Hezbollah reported that the Syrian army had captured Jebel al-Bashri to the west of Deir ez-Zor, meaning it was less than 30 km from the city.

A Syrian military source said Saturday the army had also advanced eastward from Sukhna, on the main road between Damascus and Deir ez-Zor, along a parallel route of attack.

Pro-government forces are also fighting to eradicate a large Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) enclave they left to their rear in central Syria as they advanced towards Deir ez-Zor.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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