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ISIS seizes district in eastern city from Syrian troops

The industrial district of Deir el-Zour fell to the group late Wednesday following an attack and fierce clashes

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Syrian activists and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group say the militants have seized a district previously held by Syrian troops in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

The industrial district of Deir el-Zour fell to the group late Wednesday following an attack and fierce clashes between the two sides.

The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency said Thursday that the group began its attack on the district with three successive suicide operations that struck Syrian army outposts inside.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the ISIS capture of the district.

The city in the country's east is held mostly by ISIS but Syrian troops control a few districts inside and the Deir el-Zour airport on the outskirts of the city.

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Rami Abdulraham, head of the UK-based Observatory for Human Rights, said safe passage would be given from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus and neighboring Hajar al Aswad.

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