The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces got to within three kilometres (1.86 miles) of Deir ez-Zor, on Monday, according to reports.
Pro-government forces have advanced with tanks and helicopters to push militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) backwards over the past several days.
Deir ez-Zor has been under siege by IS since the group launched an offensive... Еще on the city in May 2015. Some 125,000 civilians reportedly live in the city under dire humanitarian conditions.
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