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The city of Deir ez-Zor, once of one of the largest in eastern Syria, is slowly recovering from the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) siege, which lasted from 2014 and was lifted by Syrian government forces with Russian air support in early September.

Also on Monday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia accused Russian Federation of killing one of its fighters and wounding others in strikes on a gas facility it captured two days earlier from the Daesh terror group in eastern Syria.

The news comes after the SDF accused Russian Federation of attacking their positions near gas fields in Deir ez-Zor, killing and wounding several militants.

This is the second time that the SDF has accused Russian warplanes of striking its forces in Deir Ezzor, where Moscow is backing pro-government forces in their separate campaign against militants in the area.

The possibility for conflict between the two groups has increased as both sides work to defeat Islamic State in the oil-and-gas rich province.

The advances against Islamic State have brought USA -backed forces and the Syrian government side, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, into close proximity.

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The military official also said that all eliminated facilities and military hardware were either prepared or involved in September 18 attack on Russian military police officers in the province of Hama.

Russian Federation in turn said its forces were targeted twice from SDF-held territory.

Russian air strikes on northwest Syria's mainly extremist-controlled province of Idlib on Monday killed at least 37 civilians including 12 children, a Britain-based monitor said.

Russia's defense ministry said on Sunday that Asapov was killed by ISIS militants near Deir Ezzor. De-escalation zones include Idlib Province, some parts of its neighboring areas in Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces north of the city of Homs, Eastern Ghouta, as well as Daraa and al-Quneitra provinces in southern Syria.

Elsewhere in Syria, Russian and government warplanes stepped up their airstrikes against rebels as well as al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in different areas, straining a patchwork of cease-fires and "de-escalation" agreements that brought relative calm in recent weeks.