56 people are reportedly killed by the Syrian army, including a Red Crescent worker.
According to Russian ambassador to the United Nations Aleksi Borodavkin, the Syrian Army is preparing to launch an offensive against the ISIL strongholds of Al-Raqqah and the countryside around Deir ez-Zor and that the Russian Air Force will be providing the ground campaign with air support.
Islamic State fighters take control of a section of road running between the towns of Khanaser and Ithriya, southeast of Aleppo, according to a monitoring group. This threatens the Syrian army's only supply route into the city.
Syrian media report that Minister of Defense Dawoud Rajiha is killed along with deputy vice president General Hasan Turkmani, interior minister Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar and Assef Shawkat, Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and deputy defense minister. Several other senior officials are also seriously injured, including the country's intelligence chief Hisham Bekhtyar.
Syrian uprising: United Nations envoy Kofi Annan describes the situation in Syria as bleak, raising concerns about reports indicating that Syrian Army forces are conducting operations against opponents.