Monitor says IS militants kill 35 soldiers, pro-govt fighters in eastern Syria attack

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Posted: Jan 16, 2016 11:07 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State fighters killed at least 35 Syrian soldiers and pro-government forces in an attack on several areas in the city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday.

"The fighters have infiltrated the northwestern side of the city and carried out the attacks," the Observatory which monitors the conflict in Syria via a wide network of local sources, said.

Islamic State group is in control of most of the eastern province while the government is holding parts of the city including a military airport which are under siege by the group.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; editing by Ralph Boulton)