A funeral was held for fallen Major General Issam Zehreddine of the Syrian Republican Guard in al-Swedaa on Friday, after he was killed in action during the battle to liberate Deir ez-Zor from self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL).

The mourners waved flags of the United Arab Republic and held banners depicting the late general.

Zehreddine was killed during a landmine explosion in Hawijat Sakr on October 18.

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