http://bitly.com/2ioyaiU – At least 12 members of government forces and 20 #Daesh militants were among the dead in the #Daesh attack on regime positions in Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Both the Observatory and Syrian state news agency SANA said two civilians were also killed in #Daesh rocket fire on government-controlled zones in the city.
#Daesh has sought to overrun the entire city, including the key nearby military airport.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said that the Saturday’s attack was the “most violent” assault mounted by #Daesh on the city in more than a year.
He said #Daesh was using tunnel bombs and suicide attackers, while Syrian and allied warplanes battered the militant positions with air strikes.
“Da’ish is amassing its forces to attack Deir Ezzor and breach government lines,” a Syrian military source said.
He added that the militants had aimed to cut the route between the airport and the city, but that the government’s counter-attack had stopped IS. “Warplanes attacked Da’ish’s supply lines in all the battlefronts and around the airport.”
#Daesh is excluded from a nationwide truce that was brokered by Turkey and Russia and came into effect on December 30.
Diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s nearly six-year war have thus far failed, but Moscow and Ankara are hoping that peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana later this month will lead to a political solution.
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