VIDEO: Syrian Army Troops Regain Hospital from ISIS in Deir Ezzor

Sun May 15, 2016 12:05:37

Syrian government forces have managed to take back a hospital in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor from the ISIS Takfiri terrorists after thwarting the group's major offensive on the city.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said on Saturday that the government troops wrested control over the Assad Hospital after several hours of fierce fighting with the Daesh (ISIS / ISIL) militants.

Russia's RIA state news agency also quoted a source in the Deir Ezzor airport as saying that the ISIS raid on the hospital had been repelled.

Meanwhile, a military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told China’s Xinhua news agency that the Syrian army freed all doctors and nurses taken hostage by the terrorists inside the health care institution.

The recapture came on the same day that ISIS carried out a "major offensive" on the southwestern edge of Deir Ezzor, stormed the Assad Hospital and cut the supply route between a Syrian army base and the city's airport.

The observatory said the militants killed at least 35 members of the Syrian armed forces and detained some medical staff from the hospital. Two dozen ISIS terrorists were slain in clashes in and around the medical center.

In their Saturday attack, the terrorists also took control of a checkpoint, a fire station, university accommodation, grain silos and some territory near the Tayyam oil fields.

Daesh (ISIS / ISIL) controls over half of Deir Ezzor, trapping about 200,000 civilians in the city. Deir Ezzor Province links the Daesh stronghold in the city of Raqqa with territory controlled by the militant group in neighboring Iraq.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict that has gripped Syria since March 2011.

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