September 4, 2017 / 12:57 PM / a year ago

Syrian army, allies 3 km from Deir al-Zor enclave: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and allied forces have come to within three km (two miles) of a government-held enclave besieged by Islamic State in the city of Deir al-Zor, state television said on Monday.

With a lunge through jihadist lines, the army and its allies are close to relieving the Euphrates city, where Islamic State has surrounded an army garrison and 93,000 civilians for years.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Gareth Jones

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