Russian, US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor
Sep 13 2017 by Desiree Burns
Up to 69 people have been killed since Sunday in airstrikes on Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, a monitor group reported Tuesday.
Deir Ezzor city is the capital of the oil-rich eastern province of Deir Ezzor, regarded as a strategic prize by both Russian-backed Syrian troops and US-backed fighters.
The strikes follow three days of deadly suspected Russian raids in Deir Ezzor province that have killed dozens of civilians, according to the Observatory.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, had earlier reported a toll of 28 in the Russian and US-led strikes.
The latest air raids hit the IS-held village of Al-Khrayta, 14 kilometres (nine miles) outside Deir Ezzor city.
- Aiming to push Daesh from the city's eastern neighbourhoods.
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The reporter in Deir Ezzor said that army units that broke the siege imposed on Deir Ezzor Military Airport, in cooperation with the airport garrison, launched intensive operations during the past hours in the area surrounding al-Jafra village, achieving a new advance that will enhance security around the residential neighborhoods and the military points in the village.
"Russian and Syrian regime warplanes are striking IS positions in the city and its outskirts".
Syrian government troops are fighting to the west of the Euphrates River that slices diagonally across Deir Ezzor province, in an assault backed by Moscow.
Local figures would announce "the preparatory committee of the Deir Ezzor Civil Council and the support of the tribes for the SDF", the media office said in a statement.
Separately, the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by the US-led coalition, is battling IS east of the river.