Syrian army breaks IS siege to Deir al-Zour airport

Added On September 10, 2017

The Syrian army on Saturday broke the IS siege on the military airport of Deir al-Zour city in eastern Syria.
The progress came after the troops advanced toward the airbase, which had been besieged by IS along with the city for three years.
According to the state news agency SANA, the troops reached the airbase and met with the besieged soldiers inside it.
They broke the IS siege on the city earlier this week. 
Capturing the airbase is a strategic win for the army in its quest to drive IS out of Deir al-Zour and its countryside.
When the base was besieged, the soldiers couldn't fly warplanes as IS would target them.
Now the base is expected to return to operation after the army has cleansed the vicinity of the airbase.
A Syrian officer told CNC that IS is collapsing in Deir al-Zour.
Syrian Foreign Ministry said the war on IS is close to the end given heavy defeats the terror group is suffering.
SANA said celebrations broke out in Deir al-Zour with the news of breaking the siege to the airport.
A military source told CNC that 90 percent of IS supply routes to the capital city of Deir al-Zour have been blocked.
Since entering the city, the Syrian government has sent several truckloads of food and medicine to the city, where 93,000 civilians have been besieged for years.