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The Latest: Aid enters Syrian town after IS siege breached

September 07, 2017 - 4:29 AM

BEIRUT - The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Syria's state-run news agency says a convoy of 40 trucks carrying 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid has arrived in Deir el-Zour after troops secured a corridor to the eastern city.

The land convoy is the first since Syrian government forces and allied militiamen breached a nearly three-year-old siege by the Islamic State group on government-held parts of the city on Tuesday.

SANA said the convoy reached a garrison known as Brigade 137 on the southwestern edge of the city Thursday, carrying thousands of food baskets, fruits and vegetables, medicine, school books and stationary.

Syrian troops are dismantling land mines in an effort to expand the corridor to allow for more aid into Deir el-Zour amid Islamic State counterattacks and heavy fighting.

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9:20 a.m.

The Syrian army says an Israeli air raid on a military position in western Syria has killed two soldiers and caused material damage.

The army says in a statement that the attack occurred early Thursday and hit a facility near the western town of Masyaf, close to the Mediterranean coast.

The army said the Israeli warplanes fired several missiles while in Lebanese air space.

It warned of the "dangerous repercussion of such hostile acts on the security and stability of the region."

While largely staying out of the Syrian civil war, Israel has carried out a number of airstrikes against suspected arms shipments believed to be headed to Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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