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    Daesh massive shelling of Syria's Deir ez-Zor's residential areas killed at least 15 people, according to a local source.

    HOMS (Syria) (Sputnik) – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh, banned in Russia) terror group fired mortar shells at residential areas of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor leaving at least 15 people dead, a local source told Sputnik Tuesday.

    “Massive shelling of Deir ez-Zor's residential areas took place today, killing 15 people, injuring many others,” the source said.

    Syrian government forces have control over a half of Deir ez-Zor, which has been besieged by Daesh militants over three years. The Syrian forces continue an offensive aimed at lifting the siege and creating supply lines for the city’s residents. Presently, the only means of delivering supplies to the city is by air.

    Syria has been gripped by a civil war for six years, with government forces fighting against Syrian opposition groups who strive to overthrow President Bashar Assad and numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as the Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, both outlawed in Russia.


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