Daesh shells besieged Syrian city, kills 13

Daesh shells besieged Syrian city, kills 13

The shelling started as people were preparing to have their iftar

BEIRUT: Syria’s state media and a war monitoring group say that at least 13 civilians were killed when Daesh militants shelled government-held neighbourhoods in the eastern city of Deir El Zour.

The official state news agency SANA says the shelling hit the neighbourhoods of Al Joura and Qussour late on Monday. The report says a woman was among those killed.

Daesh has controlled other parts of the city since 2015, leaving more than 90,000 people under siege in the government-held areas.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the shelling took place shortly before sundown as residents were preparing to break their daytime fasting during Ramadan. The Observatory put the death toll at 14.

Deir Ezzor 24 says Daesh lobbed mortar shells at a neighbourhood with government troops.