BEIRUT: At least 20 people have been killed in an attack on the government-controlled hospital in eastern Syria. According to initial reports, the attack was carried out by the Islamic State group on Al-Assad hospital in Deir Ezzor, killing 20 members of pro-regime forces and taking medical staff hostage. “IS attacked Al-Assad hospital at the city’s western entrance, killing at least 20 soldiers and allied fighters,” said Human Rights Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman adding that the militants “seized the hospital and captured the medical staff, holding them hostage. The deceased include regime forces personnel providing security for the hospital. Six militants were also killed in the crossfire with forces. According to the Observatory, the terrorist group controls about 60 percent of Deir Ezzor, including the centre and the north of the city.
Source: News Pakistan