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IS launches new assault on besieged eastern city in Syria

AP  |  Beirut 

Syrian opposition activists said Islamic State militants have launched a new offensive on government-held areas in the contested eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

They report intense fighting today between Syrian troops and IS members in the city and in the vicinity of a nearby military airport controlled by forces.

The extremists, who control most of Deir el-Zour province, have kept the provincial capital under siege since 2014. forces have withstood the encirclement thanks to air-dropped humanitarian assistance and weapons and ammunition flown into the airport.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says today's offensive was the most intense attack in a year. Others reported loud explosions that shook the city and said Syrian warplanes were taking part in the battles.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 17:22 IST