Residents queued up for food and supplies, as the humanitarian aid from the first convoy was distributed in Deir ez-Zor, Friday, three days after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lifted a three-year-long siege by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) of the government-held enclave.
One Deir Ez-Zor resident paid tribute to SAA, saying, «We cannot describe how happy we are. We were... Еще dying. Thank God. We had a great trust in God and in our president, and our president did not forget us. We thank Mr President, and we thank the leaders in Deir ez-Zor who were steadfast and soldiers who were steadfast. And we thank those who lifted the siege.»
In recent days, pro-government forces have made rapid advances with tanks and helicopters to push through IS lines. However much of Deir ez-Zor province, including a military base and a number of towns and villages, remains under IS control. Sappers have since been working on the route to clear it of mines.
The four-kilometre (2.5-mile) long corridor into Deir ez-Zor was created after SAA units pushed through IS lines on Tuesday to link up with previously-surrounded government troops.
Deir ez-Zor, which is situated southeast of IS' former stronghold of Raqqa, had been under siege by IS since 2014.
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