Russian forces lay land and river mines on frontlines with SDF in Deir Ezzor

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A source told the Deir Ezzor 24 Network that on Thursday, an engineering group of the Russian forces laid river and land mines 200 meters far from the left bank of the Euphrates, eastern the town of al-Tabiya Jazeera.

The source added that the Russians laid the mines to limit smuggling active between the town of Jaadid Akidat controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the town of al-Tabiya controlled by Assad forces, especially after the Euphrates water level decreased. Local members of the 5th Corps, fighters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards militia, and people from the area exchange little amounts of commerce and agricultural materials and fuel under Syrian officers’ supervision.

The source emphasized that the Russians fear Daesh members’ infiltrating the area under the cover of bushes resulting from the declined water .

The Russian forces deploy to six towns in Deir Ezzor east of the Euphrates. The towns are; Hattla, Maratt, al-Husayniyah, al-Salihiyah, Khasham, and Tabiya Jazeera. Khasham and Tabiya Jazeera are frontlines with the SDF that controls east of the Euphrates in Deir Ezzor, except for the six towns.

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