Syrian Observatory says IS cut Deir al-Zor road, military source denies

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 1:01 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an Islamic State attack on Thursday cut off the main road between Deir al-Zor city and Palmyra, but a Syrian military source denied this.

The Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor, said Islamic State militants mounted an attack and captured the town of al-Shoula on the major road. The Syrian military source said the army thwarted the attack, denying that Islamic State militants had taken the town and cut off the route.

(Reporting by Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)