Daesh Cut off Deir ez-Zor Airbase, Threaten 120k Civilians
A large group of Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the Takfiri ‘ISIS/ISIL' group] terrorists is making advances in Syrian Deir ez-Zor province, cutting off a key air base supplying both anti-terrorist fighters and civilians in the region, RT's reporter informed.
"Frightening developments" is how Lizzie Phelan described the situation unfolding in the eastern Syrian province near the Iraqi border over the last few days. She said the terrorists had succeeded in cutting the last patch of the Deir ez-Zor city in two, and severed a Syrian army military base from the rest of the city.
The airbase was used by the Syrian government to deliver supplies to an estimated 120,000 civilians trapped in the city, which has been under the siege by the militants who blocked all other delivery routes. Helicopters, which have been the only source of aid deliveries, including food and medical supplies, are now unable to land at the base, the RT crew reported.
The helicopters reportedly cannot deliver reinforcements to pro-government forces as well, which might enable the terrorist group to overrun the city and commit atrocities against its residents.
People who have been living under constant Daesh shelling, told RT the attacks have been particularly bad over the last few days, calling it the fiercest offensive by Daesh terrorists they've seen in months.
With the lack of food, people are mostly surviving on canned food, while a complete lack of fuel forced people to mainly use bicycles. With the supporting airbase cut off, it's going to be even more difficult.
It is believed the terrorists now involved in the Deir ez-Zor offensive came from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where they had been forced out by a US-led military operation against the terrorists.
Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that more than 5,000 terrorists had moved to Syria's Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor from Iraq's Mosul.
Source: RT, Edited by website team