Russian Federation fires cruise missiles at IS militants, equipment in Syria

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"The targets included command centers, communication hubs, as well as ammunition depots in the Daesh-controlled areas to the east of the city of Deir ez-Zor", the statement read. It has repeatedly fired salvoes of such missiles, from both the sea and mainland Russian Federation. "Seven cruise missiles were launched from the surface position".

The siege came as a major symbolic victory for the pro-government forces. Since then, they have been battling remnants of the militants inside the city, seizing more than 60 percent of it.

ISIS, which has suffered significant losses in Syria and Iraq has launched a race for control of the border with Iraq, now still in the militants' hands.

Last week the Syrian Arab Army fought its way to the outskirts of the city, breaking a three-year siege by ISIS.

Syrian activists say at least 20 civilians have been killed in air and missile strikes across east Syria, where USA and Russian-backed forces are racing to take territory from the Islamic State group's shrinking Euphrates river valley domain.

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Mr Aziz said they were about four miles away from the city's eastern entrance. The monitoring group said the US -led worldwide coalition, which is supporting non-government forces, was partly to blame.

Later, the U.S-led coalition said it had ended surveillance of the convoy after a Russian request, as Syrian troops advanced against ISIS in eastern Deir el-Zour province.

The convoy had been stuck in the desert following airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition to prevent its advance.

The deal reached at the end of August allowed hundreds of militants and their families to relocate to Boukamal, an Islamic State-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border, in exchange for Islamic State-held prisoners and the remains of Lebanese soldiers captured in 2014. US-led and Russian strikes in support of the separate campaigns have killed dozens of civilians in recent days, including some fleeing the fighting and seeking shelter in tents along the banks of the Euphrates, according to the Observatory. On Thursday, a captive Hezbollah fighter was released.

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