A Russian Black Sea Fleet frigate struck an area near Ash Sholah held by Daesh terrorists mostly from Russia and CIS countries with Kalibr cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Tuesday.
"On September 5, the Admiral Essen frigate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet that has been carrying out missions […] in the Mediterranean launched strikes with sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles on Daesh terrorist group targets near Deir ez-Zor. Kalibr cruise missiles were launched on verified Daesh targets based on information received by means reconnaissance from several channels."
The missile strike thwarted terrorists' plans to regroup and boost their positions near Deir-ez Zor, which has been besieged by Daesh since 2013.
"The launches of Kalibr cruise missiles ensured the advance of the Syrian government forces, as well as thwarted plans of Daesh militants in the area of Deir ez-Zor."advancing toward Deir ez-Zor from three directions as part of the campaign to free the city launched in August.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday that the Syrian government forces had driven Daesh terrorists out of key positions on the Palmyra-Deir ez-Zor highway.
Deir ez-Zor, located on the shores of the Euphrates River to the northeast of Damascus, and a military airfield near the city have been besieged by Daesh for over three years, with food and ammunition only being delivered by air, while helicopters from the city of Qamishli have been evacuating the wounded and delivering essential supplies to the city's population.
The lifting of the siege of Deir ez-Zor will lead to the complete defeat of the most combat-effective formations of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria, the chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Directorate said earlier.