Syria: «Shells were raining down on us» — Deir ez-Zor's residents recall living under IS siege

Local residents of Deir ez-Zor expressed their relief on Sunday, after a three-year-long siege of the area by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) was lifted by the Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian air power. «When we were living under the blockade, we had no cucumbers, tomatoes, apples or potatoes. We have all that now, thank God, we get groceries and food boxes from the... Еще Red Cross, we're very grateful to them», local resident Abdullah said. Humanitarian convoys bringing Russian and Syrian government aid have arrived in the city, as local people begin to recover from the ordeal. However the conditions in the city still have a way to go until they return to how they once were. «When we were living under the blockage, we couldn't go out onto the streets either, because there were shells falling everywhere. I'm very happy that the blockage has been lifted», Abdullah added.
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