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Deir ez-Zor victory "necessary", however not sufficient to get rid of terror – UN chief

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10:15 GMT 13.09.2017 (updated 19:57 GMT 18.09.2017) Get a short URL

The United Nations chief has commented on the liberation of Deir ez-Zor by the Syrian army with Russian air support.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The liberation of Syria's Deir ez-Zor is important, but terrorism in Syria is not eliminated through these operations alone, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

"It will be an important factor, but I have no illusions that we will not only eliminate terrorism through these military operations. These are, of course, very important. To eliminate terrorism, we must also address some of its root causes and so on. " A political solution is also a very important tool, "said Guterres.

Last week, the three-year siege of Deir ez-Zor by Daesh was lifted and a local airfield was freed, where more than 1,000 Syrian troops have been locked up since January. However, the struggles for the complete liberation of the area are still ongoing.

The successful Operation Deir ez-Zor has been the biggest breakthrough against Daesh since the terrorist group first launched an offensive in the province. The terrorists had blocked Deir ez-Zor since 2014, and food and other supplies were only flown into the city. The group also took control of much of Deir ez-Zor province and blocked roads to government-held districts.

However, the operation for the complete liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor and its surroundings from Daesh terrorists, which was carried out by the Syrian army with the help of Russian warplanes, is still ongoing.

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