The Syrian government and its allies foiled a major attack by ISIS terrorists in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, forcing them to retreat.

Syrian forces on Sunday inflicted major losses on ISIS terrorists after they attempted to sneak into Tal Barouk area in Deir ez-Zor and target a military post there, Syria’s SANA news agency reported.

The army killed scores of the terrorists and destroyed their vehicles. Many of ISIS members fled the area following the counterattack and returned to their hideouts.

The Syrian forces also attacked the positions of the terrorists in al-Mahroukat hill, al-Sanouf hill and al-Taem in Deir ez-Zor where ISIS militants suffered serious setbacks.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since 2011 and ever since hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have been killed.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said that more than 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis.

ISIS, Al Nusra Front and other terrorist groups are actively fighting against the Syrian government. According to estimates, the terrorists hold nearly 60% of the Syrian lands.

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and many Western countries have helped militant groups by sending arms and ammunition in order to oust the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.