Fuel Drop to ISIS in Deir-ez-Zor Was Mistake: Regime Source

Anonymous source tells Russian media that air drop may have fallen into ISIS-held areas because of delay in opening of parachutes, opposition outlet writes

A military source in the Assad regime's forces has expalined why barrels filled with fuel were dropped on the Al-Rashidiya district in the city of Deir-ez-Zor, parts of which are under siege by Islamic State (ISIS).

The source argued that the event was an error, with Russian Sputnik news agency quoting the anonymous source as saying that this type of airdrop operation “usually sees some errors in countries all over the world,” given the complicated circumstances related to it.

The source said that failed airdrop operation above the city of Deir-ez-Zor could have been because of a simple delay in opening the parachutes, or because the parachutes opened for loading were targeted by ISIS gunfire.

He added that the loads fall in a spiral fashion in order to reach their target and if the parachutes are hit, then the course of descent changes and reaches another location.

Regime aircraft delivers by parachute parcels that contain food and necessary items for the regime-controlled areas under siege by ISIS in Deir-ez-Zor.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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