“The Syrian army along with its allies are preparing for a broad military operation in Deir Ezzur from the direction of Palmyra,” the source said.

“The operations will begin within the next few days as soon as preparations are finished,” he added.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian military forces discovered a long tunnel of the ISIL terrorists dug under the neighborhoods of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and exploded it, leaving dozens of terrorists dead or wounded.

The Syrian army men alongside engineering units found a 50-meter tunnel connecting the ISIL strongholds to al-Orfi neighborhood and exploded it heavily, which ended in the killing or wounding of tens of the terrorists.

Also, on Tuesday, the Syrian Army troops and popular forces repelled ISIL’s offensive to break through the government forces’ strongholds in the Deir Ezzur city districts, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.

The Syrian pro-government forces, in heavy shelling, forced the ISIL forces to retreat from the battlefield in Panorama district.

The Syrian soldiers targeted and detonated the ISIL bomb-laden suicide vehicles before reaching to the army positions.

The ISIL left behind at least eight dead members and fled the battlefront.