Syrian Army recaptures Islamic State held Hospital: 20 killed, hostages freed

The Syrian army recaptured an Islamic State (IS)-held hospital in Deir al-Zour province following an attack by the fighters.. The government forces and jihadists are battling for the province’s control.

The Islamic State (IS) group has overrun a government-controlled hospital in eastern Syria, killing 20 pro-regime forces and taking medical staff hostage, a monitor says.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists attacked Al-Assad hospital in Deir Ezzor as they attempted to advance towards the oil-rich city and its vital airbase.
The attack sparked clashes with regime forces providing security for the hospital in which six jihadists were also killed, the monitor said.
“IS attacked Al-Assad hospital at the city’s western entrance, killing at least 20 soldiers and allied fighters,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
The jihadists “seized the hospital and captured the medical staff, holding them hostage”, he said.
IS, which controls most of Deir Ezzor, said it killed 25 government troops and took three prisoner.

The army on Saturday also freed doctors and nurses, who were taken hostage by the IS inside the Assad Hospital, a military source.

Intense battles raged on Saturday morning between the Syrian army and the IS militants.
The Britain-based watchdog said 26 Syrian soldiers were killed when the IS militants infiltrated the areas southwest of Deir al-Zour, after which the militants captured the hospital.

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