DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2: 55 P.M.) – Ongoing battles continue to erupt in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor as the Syrian government troops hold positions against a massive assault launched by the Islamic State.

Backed by local fighters, the Syrian Army dislodged ISIS militants from al-Berka area located to the west of the city’s airbase; a long-lasting bastion for the Syrian Army in the embattled city.

Fierce clashes broke out before the government forces manage to retake the area, seizing huge quantities of weapons and ammunition, and killing dozens of the jihadists.

Elsewhere in the stretching Syrian desert, Army troops – backed by allied forces and Russian airstrikes – continue their advance toward al-Sukhnah; a major ISIS stronghold en route to Deir Ezzor.