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Islamic State captures new areas from troops in eastern Syria

Published 18/01/2016

IS controls most of Deir el-Zour province in eastern Syria
IS controls most of Deir el-Zour province in eastern Syria

Islamic State fighters have captured new areas near the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour, according to opposition activists.

The militants captured areas just north of the city on Monday, including an army base and an arms depot in the village of Ayash, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Another opposition activist, Omar Abu Leila, said IS fighters captured Ayash, which is just north of another town that IS captured over the weekend.

IS controls most of Deir el-Zour province and much of the capital with the same name, while the government controls several districts in the northern part of the city and the adjacent military airport.

Syria's government said on Sunday that IS killed 300 people in an "appalling massacre" in the city of Deir el-Zour over the weekend.

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