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Breaking IS siege in Syria's Deir al-Zour within hours: source
Last Updated: 2017-09-04 11:10 | Xinhua
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Breaking the Islamic State (IS) siege in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour will take hours, as the army is rapidly advancing against IS, a well-informed source told Xinhua on Sunday night.

The army has entered the administrative border of Deir al-Zour province in easternSyria, rapidly approaching to break the IS siege on the capital city of Deir al-Zour, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

With the army approaching, the IS militants are raining down the city with mortar shells, amid a festive mode among the civilians, who are feverishly waiting for the army's arrival, the source said.

Meanwhile, a military source told Xinhua that the army is progressing, capturing key areas and becoming 10 km from reaching the Regiment 137 in western Deir al-Zour, where Syrian soldiers are besieged.

Deir al-Zour city has been besieged since 2015 by IS, which controls large swathes in that oil-rich area, near theIraqi border.

The army operation to reach Deir al-Zour has been dragging on since May, during which the military forces and alliedIranian-backed fighters drove IS of key areas in the desert region in central Syria.

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