Syria war: Army breaks IS siege of Deir al-Zour

Damascus, The Syrian military has broken a siege of the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, surrounded for years by so-called Islamic State, state media say.

The official Sana news agency reported that troops and allied militiamen had joined up with forces at the Brigade 137 base on the city’s outskirts.

An estimated 93,000 civilians have been trapped in an enclave on the western bank of the River Euphrates since 2015.

They have depended on military relief flights and air drops of aid by the UN.

Deir al-Zour’s surrounding province is the last major IS stronghold in Syria.

And in neighbouring Iraq, government forces have recently driven IS militants from the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar, leaving them with only two footholds in the country.

A Sana reporter said army units had reached Brigade 137 after advancing from the west and south-west with the support of the Syrian and Russian air forces.

Source- BBC Middle East

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