RNA - Saleh al-Saleh, nom de guerre Abu Yusef Araqi, a notorious commander and religious leader of the ISIL, escaped from the town of al-Mayadeen along with his family members, local witnesses said on Saturday.
They said no one is informed of his fate or destination, adding that ISIL is overwhelmed by the war too much to conduct a chase to find him.
Reports said earlier today that the army stood up to three waves of largest-ever offensive staged by ISIL in the desert region between Western Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs on Friday and early Saturday, and restored full security to Deir Ezzur's highway to Palmyra city.
The army repelled hundreds of ISIL militants that invaded its strongholds between the towns of al-Shoula and Kabajeb, and managed to reopen the highway that connects Deir Ezzur to Palmyra from both directions after killing tens of terrorists and pushing them back from areas near the road.
Army sources said a number of ISIL terrorists are now under their siege after pro-government forces attacked them from two flanks in the front that spreads towards al-Shoula and from the town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs towards Kabajeb in Western Deir Ezzur.