Syria: Russian rockets strike ISIS in Deir-Ez-Zor, ministry


The ministry said the targets were destroyed.

Russian Federation has been fighting in the region around Deir Ezzor for months alongside the forces of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in order to liberate the city from ISIS.

The militants control less than half the city and are encircled on three sides with their backs to the Euphrates River.

Philippine government forces have been trying to remove IS-linked militants from the city since May.

On the opposite side of the river, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, is also battling IS. "The targets were 500 kilometers to 670 kilometers away".

The extremist group agreed to evacuate territory, for the first time, from a district on the Syria-Lebanon border on August 28.

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Both the countries claimed that they should have been killed on the battlefield not moved to the Iraq border.

The U.S. -led coalition struck the road the convoy was traveling on, but said that it did not strike the convoy itself because civilians were present on board.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah, a Shia Lebanese group, had prepared to transport the 17-bus IS convoy containing about 300 fighters and their families to an unspecified area in eastern Syria believed to be near Deir al-Zor.

The convoy was stranded in the desert for about two weeks, even though reports claim that some of the vehicles were able to slip into the militant-held territory.

The strikes hit several parts of the eastern province, where parallel Russian and US-backed ground offensives are under way against the Islamic State group.