Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

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

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

Russia's military fired several cruise missiles at Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Thursday, Kremlin officials said.

The craft were operating in the eastern Mediterranean, news agencies said, and struck targets in the suburbs of Deir Ezzor, in Syria's east. The Syrian Government has praised several times the contribution in the fight against terrorism by countries such as Russian Federation and Iran, along with the forces of the Islamic Resistance Movement of Lebanon (Hezbollah).

Last week the Syrian Arab Army fought its way to the outskirts of the city, breaking a three-year siege by ISIS.

Advanced stealth technology is coupled with 18 torpedoes and eight cruise missiles, which Russian Federation claims will allow the craft to strike land, sea and air targets.

ISIS, which has suffered significant losses in Syria and Iraq has launched a race for control of the border with Iraq, now still in the militants' hands.

Syrian government forces broke a three-year Islamic State siege on parts of the provincial capital, also known as Deir el-Zour, last week, and are now battling the extremists inside the city.

At the end of August, the deal reached saw hundreds of militants and their families being allowed to relocate to Boukamal, an ISIS-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border.

On Thursday, a surviving Hezbollah fighter was returned to Lebanon. The U.S. said it did not strike the convoy itself because of the presence of civilians.

The convoy had been stuck in the desert following airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition to prevent its advance.

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