Syria war: Dozens dead amid strikes on Deir Ezzor province, say reports

Russian Federation fired seven missiles at ISIS held Deir el-Zour, and ISIS stronghold in Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry had organized a trip for journalists, who watched the missiles being fired from the deck.

The siege came as a major symbolic victory for the pro-government forces.

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

They are still battling to take additional territory in the southern part of the city in order to encircle IS fighters.

Philippine government forces have been trying to remove IS-linked militants from the city since May.

US-backed Syrian forces are meanwhile advancing in the surrounding province from the east and north, on the other side of the river, setting up a race to the border with Iraq. "The targets were 500 kilometers to 670 kilometers away".

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

The extremist group agreed to evacuate territory, for the first time, from a district on the Syria-Lebanon border on August 28.

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.

The advances against Islamic State, another blow to its control over territory it held for years as part of a self-declared caliphate, has raised concerns that it would bring the SDF into closer proximity to the Syrian government side, which is backed by Russian Federation and Iran. On Thursday, a captive Hezbollah fighter was released.

The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses and vehicles carrying about 400 militants and civilians crossed into Deir Ezzor province on Wednesday.

  • Jon Douglas