Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Syrian troops approached the last stronghold of ISIS in the country

Syrian troops approached the last stronghold of ISIS in the country

Al-Mayadin is one of the last strongholds of IS as it falls back upon the fertile area downstream of Deir al-Zor in the Euphrates valley and launches counter attacks in the central desert after losing swathes of territory this year.

Nevertheless, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this week that Russia is ready to support armed groups fighting al-Nusra Front in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone.

"We have seen a number of hospitals being targeted, we got very worrying reports and converging reports about hospitals, schools, civilian infrastructure being targeted", said Robert Mardini, ICRC regional director for the Middle East.

Syrian regime troops have "completely encircled" a group of Islamic State group militants in the eastern city of al-Mayadeen, state media said on Sunday.

The DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group said the missile hit near a school Thursday evening in the Qusour neighborhood. The ministry said the helicopter was not fired upon.

Dozens of ISIS militants, among them warlords and foreign fighters, were killed in a series of Russian airstrikes in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian military is accusing the United States of turning a blind eye and effectively providing cover to the Islamic State group's operations in an area in Syria that is under US control.

Syrian troops have broken a almost three-year siege on parts of Deir el-Zour last month and are fighting to liberate from IS remaining parts of the city.

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj.

Backed by Russian air power, Syrian forces had managed to fight their way into western Mayadeen on Friday.

The ministry said the "large numbers of foreign mercenaries" were coming into the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal from Iraq.

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