A main commander of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front has been killed in clashes with the Syrian army in the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr.
Top al-Nusra Front commander identified as Abu Dajameh, who holds Emirati nationality, was killed in Deir Ezzor on Wednesday in a blast hit his car near al-Saied hospital. At least 20 other militants accompanying Abu Dajameh was also killed in the clashes.
Also during the clashes between Syrian troops and foreign-backed militants in Sheikh Yassin Neighborhood of Deir Ezzor, the army troops killed scores of militants and confiscated a military vehicle used by militants in the area.
Intense fighting is also reported to be still under way in some parts of the city near al-Sayasa bridge, al-Hoseynieh and al-Mouhsen neighborhoods with the Syrian army making advances on terrorist groups bastions in the city.
According to Syria's official news agency, SANA, scores of militants were killed in clashes with government forces on Wednesday.
Syrian troops also killed at least 16 militants involved in loading a truck with huge amount of explosives in Deir Ezzor, Syria’s al-Ekhbariya TV reported.
An Iraqi expert was among those who dead in the clashes, the report added.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced due to the violence.