The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) delivered humanitarian aid to civilians living Deir ez-Zor's al-Jblh neighbourhood, Saturday, days after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) broke the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) siege of the city.
Last week, the SAA units linked up with the previously-surrounded troops, thus breaking a three-year-long siege of the government-held enclave of... Еще Deir ez-Zor, with the help of the SAA Tiger Forces (also known as the Qawat Al-Nimr).
In recent days, pro-government forces have made rapid advances with tanks and helicopters to push through IS lines. The link-up to the garrison followed days of fierce battles in which the SAA and its allies swiftly seized IS positions. Much of Deir ez-Zor province, including a military air base and a number of towns and villages, remains under IS control.
Deir ez-Zor, which is situated southeast of IS' former stronghold of Raqqa, has been under siege by IS since 2015.
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