TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Syrian army’s artillery units targeted the gathering centers of Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Deir ez-Zor province, inflicting major losses upon them in the eastern province.

Syrian forces on Tuesday fired mortar rounds against the positions of Daesh militants in the areas of al-Tharda, al-Maqaber, Hweijet al-Saker, al-Reshdia and al-Hweiqa in Deir ez-Zor, killing and injuring a large group of them, SANA news agency reported.

Later in the day, Syrian warplanes bombed Daesh gatherings in the villages of al-Hussan, al-Jneina, Ayash, al-Khareeta, and al-Treif, Ain al-Boujemma in Deir ez-Zor.

The report added that more than 30 terrorists fled the areas in the wake of the heavy bombardments.

Recently, Syrian government troops advanced 13 kilometers in Deir ez-Zor and pushed into the southwest of the oil-rich province from the desert town of Sukhnah, in Homs province.

In June, Syrian troops broke into Deir ez-Zor from a border region with Iraq and earlier this month they breached it from the neighboring province of Raqqa, but moving just 4 kilometers in.

Since May, Syria’s army has been conducting a broad military campaign with Russian support to recapture the Badia that separates the capital Damascus from Deir ez-Zor.

Most of Deir ez-Zor has been held by Daesh since 2014, and militants have also besieged government forces and civilians inside the provincial capital Deir ez-Zor city since 2015.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.