Jihadist siege chokes Syria's Deir Ezzor

Men sell wood outside in the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, parts of which were siezed by the Islamic State in 2014 after the group's lightning advance across large areas of Syria and neighbouring IraqIn the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, a two-year siege by the Islamic State group has forced taxi driver Mohammed al-Obeid to find a new job and turned its park into a cemetery. Instead of ferrying customers around the eastern city with its fuel shortages, he now buys old furniture and breaks it up for resale as firewood for cooking and heating. IS jihadists seized parts of Deir Ezzor in 2014 after a lightning advance across large areas of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

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