In the morning of 17 January, between the airbase of Deir ez-Zor and the year of the base Panorama (partly occupied by militants), University “al-Furat” and hospital “Assad” was in full swing fierce fighting. “Black” sought to expand the area of the breakthrough and to prevent connection of the garrison city to the airbase, SAA, in turn, tried to oust the militants from the area Garii engaged yesterday buildings near the road leading to the airbase. Obviously the air strikes have slowed the advance of insurgents and apparently prevented the immediate collapse of the defense after the breakthrough of militants on January 15-16. Hold positions in the area of the hospital and the University allows the SAA to keep some chances of connecting with parts cut off at the airbase, but the chances of these very modest, owing to the enemy’s superiority in numbers. The position of the army in the Western part of the airbase have been under heavy bombardment while the enemy attacks in areas adjacent to the base areas of Deir ez-Zone attempt to dislodge the defenders directly into the base and destroy the clues in the defense, which still allow the Syrians to rely on the recovery position. In the videohttps://twitter.com/Jacm212/status/821350525211996160 from the positions of the fighters are visible to the South-Eastern outskirts of the city. District Northwest Garii since night filled up with various bombs, including incendiary and cluster, trying to inflict maximum damage to manpower and military equipment of the enemy.
In the video https://twitter.com/MmaGreen/status/821349256317562885 the Syrian military says directly from the Deir ez-Zor about the current fighting. Major militant attacks on the airbase and the district of Furat University yet repulsed. The militants during the fighting, lost over 100 men killed and wounded, 10 vehicles, 2 tanks and 1 MLRS BM-21. Major air strikes were deposited in Jitii, in the district of al-Serdat and in the framework of the Panorama. City are going to defend to the last. 16 hours of the day, the main fighting was in the area of cemeteries close to the University and Jitii.The sources of the militants reported that during the fighting from 15 to 17 January killed dozens of government soldiers, several people were taken prisoner. According to unconfirmed reports, the wounded Governor of the province. It is also reported that the morale of militants in connection with heavy losses, their command promised to all the participants of the storming of the enclave house in Deir ez-Zor in the reward in case of victory.
In General, the situation for the SAA remains critical, but not yet hopeless. If in the next few days will be able to oust the militants from the area between the city and the airbase, the situation will stabilize. If the enemy is entrenched there and will widen the gap between the city and the air base, the supply issues of the city will be severely hampered, and the insurgents will dramatically increase your chances of mastering the airfield, without which the continued survival of the enclave will be called into question.
UPD: AT 17 o’clock began a massive attack of “black” on the position of the SAA in the area of 137th base.
The view from the South to Deir ez-Zor.
The Syrian infantry.
Fighting near Deir ez-Zor. 16.01.
https://twitter.com/worldonalert/status/821335117092233216 – fighting to the West of the airbase (one of the shots glimpsed in the distance Furat University)