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Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russian Federation fires 7 cruise missiles at IS in Syria

Russian Federation fires 7 cruise missiles at IS in Syria

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 Democratic Forces (SDF), a USA -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.

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

As pro-government forces closed in on the militants holed up in the area, Russian Federation fired seven missiles, from two submarines from the Admiral Essen frigate in the Mediterranean Sea.

In this strike, the missiles were aimed at IS command points, communication hubs and arms dumps southeast of the city of Deir el-Zour, where Syrian troops and allied militias are battling the extremists. The monitoring group said the USA -led global coalition, which is supporting non-government forces, was partly to blame.

On Thursday, a surviving Hezbollah fighter was returned to Lebanon.

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

Separate suspected Russian and US-led coalition strikes on Syria's Deir Ezzor province killed at least 39 civilians on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Meanwhile, a Kurdish-led offensive, backed by the US-led coalition, is underway in the northern part of the province.

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