IS fighters killed while preparing car bombs to attack Deir e-Zor city

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An unintentional explosion in al-Mayadeen resulted in the deaths of several Islamic State fighters who were rigging cars with explosives for use in an assault on Deir e-Zor city, the director of the Deir e-Zor is Being Silently Slaughtered campaign told Syria Direct on Thursday. “While IS fighters were outfitting several cars to use as car bombs, an accident occurred and the cars blew up, which caused approximately 30 casualties,” said Abu Mujahid al-Shami. Al-Mayadeen is roughly 40km southeast of Deir e-Zor city, the provincial capital. “The cars were being outfitted with bombs to be used in IS attacks against the regime on Saqer Island,” al-Shami said. The only operational bridges connecting the eastern bank of the Euphrates river under IS control and regime territory in Deir e-Zor city run through the tiny Saqer Island. “Whomever controls the island can control the city,” says al-Shami. The regime’s elite 104 Republican Guard began fighting IS forces for control of the island in October.