Russian-backed Syrian regime forces today broke into the eastern town of Mayadeen, one of the Islamic State group's last bastions in the country, a monitor said.
The most recent charge against Russian Federation came a day earlier when the Britain-based Human Rights' Observatory Group accused its forces of killing 14 civilians, including 3 children in an air raid carried out near the Euphrates in Al Mayadeen region. The military offered no evidence on the purported condition of Abu Mohammed al-Golani.
Only al-Mayadeen and Bukamal remain under the IS stronghold in the southeastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, on the border with Iraq.
Backed by the Russian military and fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance fighters, the Syrian army managed to break Daesh's three-year siege on Dayr al-Zawr province in yet another significant blow to the terrorist outfit.
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The village of Abu Dali had been spared much of the violence and had functioned as a local business hub between rebel-run areas and those under President Bashar Assad's forces.
The Observatory said on Friday there were clashes in several areas in eastern Deir al-Zor province.
Meanwhile, activists said the IS is calling for backup to fend off the army offensive on Mayadeen.
Syrian troops broke a almost three-year siege on parts of Deir el-Zour last month and are now fighting to liberate the remaining parts of the city from IS.
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According to the ministry, the Mi-28's crew were not hurt. The ministry said the helicopter was not fired upon. One of the women says they fled from the Islamic State.
Sheikh Muhammad Amlah, a leader of tribesmen fighters alongside the Syrian army, was cited by the pro-government al-Watan daily on Friday as saying that the army is advancing toward Mayadeen city as well as the area of Muhasan and other areas on the eastern bank of Euphrates River.
The Russian defense ministry has denied the men are its own.
The ministry also said that "large numbers of foreign mercenaries" coming into al-Bukamal from neighboring Iraq were killed in a Russian air raid.
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The Russian accusations likely reflect rising tensions as USA -backed Syrian forces and the Russian-backed Syrian army both of which are battling IS race for control of oil and gas-rich areas of eastern Syria.