Civilians in Deir ez-Zor celebrated, on Sunday night, as news reached them that the self-proclaimed Islamic State's (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) siege of the city was close to breaking.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) released the footage showing their advance towards Deir ez-Zor earlier on Sunday. SAA units alongside allied fighters advanced with tanks and helicopters pushing back IS through the desert... Еще, some ten kilometres (6.21 miles) west of the city.
Deir ez-Zor has been under siege by IS since the group launched an offensive on the city in May 2015. Some 125,000 civilians reportedly live in the city under dire humanitarian conditions.
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