Syrian army reaches outskirt of key eastern city, IS call for backup

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/7 11:54:45

The Russian-backed Syrian army reached the outskirts of the key eastern city of Mayadeen on Friday, as the Islamic State (IS) militants have called for reinforcements to confront the attack of the Syrian forces.

State news agency SANA said the Syrian forces are carrying out with their offensive on the western outskirts of Mayadeen, in the southeastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province in eastern Syria.

Many IS militants were killed Friday during the wide-scale offensive, SANA added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed the report, saying the government forces reached the western outskirts of Mayadeen, deemed as the capital of the IS stronghold in Deir al-Zour.

This comes as the army has expanded its operations in Deir al-Zour province, after capturing 75 percent of the capital city of Deir al-Zour.

Only al-Mayadeen and Bukamal remain under the IS stronghold in the southeastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, on the border with Iraq.

Sheikh Muhammad Amlah, a leader of tribesmen fighters alongside the Syrian army, was cited by the pro-government al-Watan daily on Friday as saying that the army is advancing toward Mayadeen city as well as the area of Muhasan and other areas on the eastern bank of Euphrates River.

In the northern countryside of Deir al-Zour, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their offensive against IS.

The group has already captured the town of Sur and currently fighting to reach the town of Bsereh.

Meanwhile, activists said the IS is calling for backup to fend off the army offensive on Mayadeen.

The battles are the latest in a string of offensive launched to eradicate the terror group from Syria.

The military forces have recently captured all of the eastern countrysides of Hama province in central Syria from IS, making the entire province clear of IS.

The group is also losing key ground in the eastern countryside of the central Homs province.

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