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FILE PHOTO: A man walks along a deserted street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo(reuters_tickers)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The governor of Syria's Deir al-Zor province, Mohammed Ibrahim Samra, said the Syrian army would reach Deir al-Zor city, which has been besieged by Islamic State for years, within 48 hours.
"The heroes of the army will arrive at Deir al-Zor in 24-48 hours at the most," he told Reuters by phone, adding that the army was now 18-20km (11-12 miles) from the edge of the city.
(Reporting By Kinda Makieh in Damascus, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Andrew Hay)