Deir Ezzor, – Latest: Fighters from the Bou Saraya tribe lead by Salem and Satam al Fayadh the brothers of Sheikh Muhani reached the village of al-Bghailiye and besieged the attackers in Frat Al Sham Hotel and then killed them all.
A new group of ISIS reinforcement has occupied the al Jazeera College but has been cut off by Bou Saraya forces and is taking heavy casualties as fighting continues. From north of the Euphrates River, near the hotel, an ISIS force is hitting civilian areas of the town with heavy mortar fire.
Eye witness reports from earlier in the day tell of bodies being dragged through the streets, children being smashed into walls while media, stringers from AP and Reuters, celebrate the killings, hand in hand with the murderers.
The brothers of Sheikh Muhana al Fayadh, who shared private briefings with VT’s Gordon Duff, Col. Jim Hanke and Nana Lancaster in December 2014, are leading an insurrection against ISIS in Deir Ezzor. Our reports directly from the fighting indicate that Saudi Arabia is stepping up its presence in and around Deir Ezzor, the critical “last stand” for ISIS in Eastern Syria.Vt’s Dr. Bassam Barakat, Sheikh Muhana al Fayadh and VT Bureau Chief Nahed al Husaini
Sheikh Muhana al Fayadh speculates that the slaughter may have been in retaliation for a resounding defeat suffered by a combined ISIS and FSA (Free Syrian Army) force at al Baba, near the Turkish border in Aleppo Province.
We have been informed that ISIS fighters left A. Bab area to Al Raqah in 60 vehicles, many of them General Motors Tahoe/Denali “Blackwater style” cars with their families.
The ISIS assault on al-Bghailiye village in Deir Ezzor’s western countryside began with dozens of suicide bombers detonating themselves in order to breach the city defenses followed by 500 ISIS terrorists whose slaughter claimed the lives of around 300 civilians, most of them women, children along with tribal militant defenders.
The Cabinet condemned the heinous crime, with Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi saying that the legal and moral responsibility for this barbaric and cowardly massacre committed by ISIS hordes lies on the shoulders of all the states that support terrorism and that fund and armor Takfiri organizations which harbor hatred for all humanity.
The Premier said that terrorist organizations are committing massacres to make up for the recurring losses and defeats they suffer at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army, and that these terror organizations know that their days in Syria are numbered.
He said that such massacres will not dissuade Syrians from pursuing reconciliations and working to liberate the entirety of Syrian territories, offering condolences to the families of the victims.
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