LATAKIA (Syria), November 9. /TASS/. Defenders of an air base of the Syrian Air Force in Deir ez-Zor province in the east of the country have eliminated 50 militants of the Islamic State terrorist group, representative of the Syrian Army Brigadier General Ali Mayhub said on Monday.
"The defenders of the Deir ez-Zor airport have destroyed during the fierce fighting more than 50 Islamic State terrorists, an armored vehicle, three vehicles equipped with machine guns, a rocket artillery system, an ammunition depot and communications infrastructure," he told reporters.
The air base in Deir ez-Zor is also a civilian airport.
According to the general, the offensive of the Syrian army contributes to the emergence of conflicts between militants’ units.
"Our troops continue an offensive, which contributes to terrorists’ demoralization and the development of conflicts between the various groups among them," he told reporters.
"Our troops continue to perform combat tasks efficiently and accurately. Their morale is high. Terrorists are sustaining heavy losses, desertion in their ranks continues," the Syrian Army representative added.
Ali Mayhub also said the Syrian army has destroyed 40 gunmen and 20 armored vehicles near Palmira.
He said most of the killed terrorists were foreigners. At least 20 armored vehicles and several light vans with machine guns mounted on them were destroyed in Homs Governorate in the direction towards Palmyra.
"Our troops are engaged in fierce fighting with terrorist groups of Islamic State. Gunmen positions have been seized east of the city of Sadad (Christian city in Homs province, 101 kilometers north of Damascus, seized by Jabhat al-Nusra militants in October 2013)," he said.