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 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.