A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat

According to ASHARQ AL-AWSAT newspaper, air strikes carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes killed dozens of people in eastern Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. The Syrian warplanes affiliated with the recent attack run under the command of Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The observatory also said that the strikes hit the village of al-Quria in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor province, killing 47 people including 31 civilians.

ISIL controls most of Deir al-Zor province and has laid siege since March last year to the remaining regime-held areas in the city of the same name, which is close to Syria’s eastern border with Iraq. Deir al-Zor province links ISIL’ de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa with territory it controls in Iraq.

The newspaper added that Assad’s regime forces and its allies recently made advances against ISIL in Raqqa province, but were driven back from some of those areas by a counter-attack. Both the Syrian or Russian warplanes have been carrying out air strikes in the area.

U.S-backed forces are separately advancing against the extremist militants in another stronghold city further north near the Turkish border.

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