Syria's army broke a years-long Islamic State (IS) group siege on the government enclave of Deir al-Zor city on Tuesday, entering into a military base, state media said.
"The Syrian Arab Army has advanced on the Brigade 137 base front on the western side of Deir al-Zor city and broken the siege imposed by the Daesh organisation," state news agency SANA said, using the Arabic acronym for the IS group.
British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that advancing Syrian forces had linked up with government troops in Deir al-Zor.
The army and its allies had made lightning advances in recent days and pushed through IS group lines to within kilometres of Deir al-Zor.
In 2014, the jihadist group besieged besieged the government-held enclave, where some 93,000 civilians live and an army garrison is stationed.
Deir al-Zor is located southeast of IS group's former stronghold Raqqa, most of which has been captured in a separate offensive by US-backed Syrian militias.
IS group fighters are believed to have fled to areas around Deir al-Zor as the group loses areas around Raqqa.
Both cities lie in oil-rich areas on the Euphrates river.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)
Date created : 2017-09-05