Syrian regime forces supported by armed groups and Russian warplanes have completely taken control of Deir Ezour city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday.
SOHR added that regime troops advanced into this key city and its outskirts, recapturing vast and wide parts of Deir Ezour and the nearby areas which they had lost to the so-called Islamic State (IS), located 450 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus, in July 2014.
The government forces and their allies continued their attack until they completely took control of the city, amid heavy air raids by the Russian military planes.
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The city seizure is yet another major military blow to the (IS), which lost a series of strongholds in Syria and neighboring Iraq in recent fights.
The Syrian Army forces and the armed groups conducted search operations inside and on outskirts of the city, including Al-Howaiqa neighborhood, looking for IS elements, SOHR added. (end) tk.mb