Russian, US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Russian, US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Russian, US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Tribal figures linked to a US-backed alliance announced plans yesterday for a council to run Syria's Deir Ezzor, as both the alliance and regime troops battle extremists in and around the city.

Unconfirmed reports said Syrian and allied Russian forces were preparing pontoon bridges to cross the Euphrates for the first time in four years.

Hezbollah militants have been fighting in the country alongside government forces.

Al-Qaida's Syrian branch Hetesh has suffered a blow, with at least five allied factions breaking from it, days after 10 commanders defected to the government side.

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Pro-Assad troops and western-backed forces fighting Islamic State in the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor are within three miles of a clash as both sides seek to control routes to the Iraqi border.

SDF fighters are waging a separate offensive that has captured swathes of territory from IS east of the Euphrates River, which cuts across the province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes likely to have been carried out by Russian warplanes have killed 69 people since Sunday near the Euphrates River in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor.

In July, Lebanon's Al-Nashra news website reported that a senior Russian military official met with Nasrallah in Beirut and expressed, on behalf of the Russian leadership, that the Lebanon-based group would take on a role in the next phase of the Syrian war. The coalition, the SDF, Syria's government and Russian Federation have agreed on a "de-confliction line" in northeastern Syria to prevent the two offensives from clashing.

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