Backed force plans council for Syria's Deir Ezzor

US-backed force plans council for Syria's Deir Ezzor

The province lies along Syria's border with Iraq and is seen as a strategic prize by both the Russian-backed Syrian regime and an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces supported by the US-led coalition fighting IS.

"Huge military reinforcements - including equipment, vehicles and fighters - have arrived in Deir Az Zor ahead of an attack to push Daesh from the city's eastern neighbourhoods", said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

The Observatory, which identified the victims as civilians, said the air strikes hit civilian encampments on the western bank of the Euphrates and vessels crossing the river to the eastern side.

Ongoing consultations would aim to reach a "formulation that will express the aspirations of all our people in Deir Ezzor".

Much needed aid is finally pouring into the city after a joint Syrian-Russian offensive broke ISIS blockade.

Lifting the siege of the base made a breach into the siege, as the base is adjoining an enclave of government loyalists in the city.

Syrian government troops are fighting to the west of the Euphrates River that slices diagonally across Deir Ezzor province, in an assault backed by Moscow.

He recalled that the city of Deir ez-Zor, which used to be besieged by terrorists for more than three years, was unblocked by Syrian troops under the command of General Hassan Suhel on September 5.

They called for "establishing a preparatory committee that will discuss (with the local community) the basis and starting points for a civil council for Deir Ezzor".

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