"The targets were command posts, communication centres, as well as militants' weapons and ammunition stockpiles in areas of south-east Deir Ezzor under the control of Islamic State", the ministry said. It has repeatedly fired salvoes of Kalibr missiles into Syria, from both surface warships and submarines. "Seven cruise missiles were launched from the surface position". It was a major symbolic victory for the pro-government forces.
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.
The militants control less than half the city and are encircled on three sides with their backs to the Euphrates River.
As IS reels from significant losses in Syria and Iraq, there is a race for control of the border with Iraq, now still in the militants' hands.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters, meanwhile have also launched a separate assault in Deir al-Zor province, which has become Islamic State's last major foothold in Syria. "The targets were 500 kilometers to 670 kilometers away". The monitoring group said the USA -led global coalition, which is supporting non-government forces, was partly to blame. US-led and Russian strikes in support of the separate campaigns have killed dozens of civilians in recent days, including some fleeing the fighting and seeking shelter in tents along the banks of the Euphrates, according to the Observatory.
Overnight, a convoy of Islamic State militants and their relatives being evacuated from the border with Lebanon has crossed into Deir el-Zour from a desert area in central Syria, ending a standoff with the U.S-led coalition that briefly overshadowed the race for the province.
The Syrian army and Hezbollah, a Shia Lebanese group, had prepared to transport the 17-bus IS convoy containing about 300 fighters and their families to an unspecified area in eastern Syria believed to be near Deir al-Zor.