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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies successfully encircled ISIS fighters from north, west and south inside Mayadin city in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to several Syrian-pro-government media outlets.
At the same time, the only bridge linking the city with the eastern bank of the Euphrates is destroyed.
So far, the SAA has captured al-Ba’um area and the Grain silos north of Mayadin city, and al-Balout and Sesame districts in the eastern part of the city. South of Mayadin city, the SAA has captured the al-Rahba castle, the Mayadin old airport and al-Rashadah district along with the the Mayadin power company and several farms.
On October 13, the SAA outflanked ISIS fighters inside Mayadin city and reached the al-Jisir – the bridge – area in the eastern part of the city.
ISIS fighters can now only move into and out of the city throw the Euphrates river that is closely monitored by the SAA and the Russian Air Force.
The ISIS defense inside the city was not effective enough to stop the SAA advance. The main reason is that most of the civilians evacuated the city days before the SAA attack on it. This gave the SAA and the Russian Air Force the freedom to target any movement of ISIS fighters inside Mayadin.
The SAA will likely capture the town in the near future and then cross the Euphrates river again towards the strategic Omar oil fields. The fields will provide the Syrian government with much needed income. Capturing it, the SAA will cut off the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Meanwhile, the SAA and its allies besieged ISIS fighters inside Deir Ezzor city after the SAA captured Marat, Kusham and Hatla villages, and reached the Aleppo roundabout north of Deir Ezzor city. The SAA also reached the al-Siyasiyah bridge that’s considered ISIS main route to Deir Ezzor city on October 10.
The SAA will likely work to eliminate ISIS units on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river north and northwest of Deir Ezzor city before launching its military operation inside Deir Ezzor city. ISIS still have hundreds of experienced fighters that controls around 40% of Deir Ezzor. However, once the SAA captures Saqr island southeast of Deir Ezzor city, the ISIS defense inside the city will likely collapse.
The next target of the SAA after securing Mayadin and Deir Ezzor city and the Omar oil fields will likely be the last ISIS stronghold inside Syria – al-Bukamal city located at the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Army restores control over new areas in Deir Ezzor
13 October، 2017
Units of the Syrian Arab Army achieved new advance in their operations against the gatherings of ISIS terrorist organization through restoring security over Hatla village and two neighborhoods in the city of al-Mayadeen in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.
SANA reporter said that army units, during the past few hours, carried out operations against ISIS’ fortifications and spreading points, resulting in the eliminating of last ISIS gatherings in Hatla village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
The reporter added that army units restored al-Halbia roundabout in al-Sahlyhia area on the northern entrance of Deir Ezzor city and continued their operations in the direction of al-Siasya Bridge, noting that all ISIS supply routes deployed in neighborhoods of the city had been cut off due to the army’s advance.
To the southeast of Deir Ezzor city, the reporter affirmed that army units managed during their intensive operations on the fighting axes of in al-Mayadeen city to advance and restore control over al-Balaoum and al-Madihi in addition to eliminating the last gatherings of ISIS in the Industrial School and the Electricity Company of the city.
In the same context, the reporter said that Syrian Air Force launched intensive raids on the movement axes of ISIS in al-Mayadeen, Zeban, Buqrus Tahtani, Buqrus Foqani, Mo Hassan, al-Boleil, al-Husseiniyeh, al-Jneineh, Hawijit Saqar and the neighborhoods of al-Ommal, al-Sinaa, al-Hamidiyeh and al-Hawiqa, which resulted in the killing of a number of terrorists and the destruction of their fortifications and vehicles.
Meanwhile, local sources in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor said that ISIS terrorists executed a person in Abu Hamam village and hanged his body to terrorize the locals who are trying to flee away from the areas where ISIS positioned.
A unit of the Army and Armed Forces downed a booby-trapped radio-controlled plane for terrorist groups over Tal al-Qab’e to the north of Khan Arnaba town in the northern countryside of Quneitra province before it reached to its destination.
SANA reporter said that an army unit has shot down a reconnaissance plane rigged with explosives for terrorist groups positioned in Jubatha al-Khashab before it reached to its destination.
Three killed, four injured due to rocket attack by armed groups in Daraa
13 October، 2017
Three persons were killed and four others were injured when armed groups breached the de-escalation zone agreement by targeting with shells the neighborhood of al-Kashef in Daraa city.
SANA reporter said that armed groups, positioned in the neighborhoods of al-Naziheen Camp and Daraa al-Balad, fired two rocket shells on al-Kashef neighborhood, which landed in two schools in the neighborhood, claiming the lives of three persons and injuring four others who were rushed to the Comprehensive Clinics Complex for treatment.
Authorities bring Syrian pilot Mohammed Sofan back to Syria
13 October، 2017
The competent authorities managed to bring the Syrian pilot Mohammed Sofan back, whose plane crashed on Turkish territory due to a technical malfunction last March.
Informed sources affirmed that competent authorities exerted all efforts to restore the pilot and used all available means to maintain his safety and bring him back safely from Turkey.
Pilot Mohamed Fayad Sofan was carrying out a reconnaissance mission against the terrorist groups in the province of Idleb when a technical failure in the plane occurred, which led to its fall inside the Turkish territory.