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Syrian government forces recently broke the extremist group's three-year siege on Deir al-Zor as troops advanced on the western side of the city.

Targets hit included "control centers, communication hubs, militant weapons and ammunition warehouses in ISIS-controlled areas in southeast Deir ez-Zor", the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said all the targets were destroyed.

Syrian activists say at least 20 civilians have been killed in air and missile strikes across east Syria, where US and Russian-backed forces are racing to take territory from the Islamic State group's shrinking Euphrates river valley domain. The ISIS militants are now encircled by Syrian Military from three sides, with the Euphrates river on the back. "The targets were 500 kilometers to 670 kilometers away".

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

The proximity of the two forces raises the specter of confrontation, as both sides vie for the border with Iraq and the oil and resources-rich province.

At the end of August, the deal reached saw hundreds of militants and their families being allowed to relocate to Boukamal, an ISIS-held Syrian town near the Iraqi border. The U.S. said it did not strike the convoy itself because of the presence of civilians.

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Meanwhile, a Kurdish-led offensive, backed by the US-led coalition, is underway in the northern part of the province. On Thursday, a captive Hezbollah fighter was released.

The head of Britain's Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses and vehicles carrying about 400 militants and civilians crossed into Deir el-Zour province Wednesday.

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