The eastern banks of the Euphrates witness ongoing aerial and ground shelling along with the continued attack on ISIS last enclave in an attempt to end its presence from the area

Deir Ezzor Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: more explosions rocked areas in the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor countryside, as a result of more artillery and rocket shelling by the International Coalition and the Syria Democratic Forces on areas in the enclave which is controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in the organization’s last enclave at the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, amid violent clashes between the both parties, in an attempt by the SDF and the International Coalition to achieve further advancement in the area, after taking the control of spaces of both northern and western parts of Hajin town which is located in the outskirts of this enclave, while the SDF are working on cutting the lines of supply between the 4 towns (Hajin, Shaafaa, Al-Susah and Al-Baghuz), where they with the areas between them, form this enclave, and the ground shelling and the ongoing clashes which are accompanied by airstrikes by the International Coalition every now and then, resulted in the fall of human losses.

The Syrian Observatory published hours ago that it documented the death of 10 fighters of Syria Democratic Forces including a field commander of Deir Ezzor Military Council (of the Syria Democratic Forces) was killed, and others were injured, while it rose to 27 at least, the number of members of the “Islamic State” organization who were killed during the first 24 hours of SDF and the Coalition’s military operations in the last pocket of ISIS east of Euphrates, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored the Syria Democratic Forces keeping the organization busy fighting in fronts between Al-Baghuz and Al-Susah and between Hajin and Abu Al-Hassan, where they managed to monitor the roads between these areas by firearm, while the organization and in order to confuse the warplanes flying over its controlled areas, turned to set fire on tires and in holes filled with oil, and these clashes and the aerial and ground bombardment resulted in the fall of more human losses in the ranks of the organization, while intersected sources informed the Syrian Observatory that the grand city of Hajin, became empty from its residents, after they displaced from it to areas far from the shelling although the military operation includes all of the controlled areas of the organization within the enclave, after safe bathes were opened for the exit of the citizens who desire to flee from the area, after the Syrian Observatory published on Sunday the 9th of September 2018, that the Syria Democratic Forces managed to arrest 29 members of the “Islamic State” organization and their families, in Deir Ezzor Desert, and the reliable sources confirmed that the arrests which took place about 24 hours ago, were carried out while members were trying to flee with their families from Deir Ezzor towards the Syrian – Iraqi border, then they will head towards Turkey, and the sources added that among the captives and detainees, there were a Turkish member and 3 others of non-Syrian nationalities, who were with their Russian wives, with other fighters of Syrian and regional nationalities, also large sums of money were found in their possessions, also a female Yazidi captive was with them, where she was released by the SDF, and the Syrian Observatory monitored in the past days, the displacement of tens of Syrian and non-Syrian families, including a Yazidi family through al-Sha’fa crossing who was within the enclave which is controlled by the organization, and the family managed to reached the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas, and in the past few days tens of Syrians and non-Syrian families have gotten out towards areas controlled by Syria Democratic Forces, where the non-Syrian families are being transferred to camps of the Syria Democratic Forces and under their control, while the Syrian families are allowed to leave to the villages of the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory 2 days ago, that 2 columns of the International Coalition of 10 Hummer vehicles supported by armored vehicles, were monitored heading towards the organization’s controlled areas, in conjunction with the passing of 10 four-wheel drive vehicles (4×4) towards the controlled areas of the organization, carrying members of the SDF, also 2 military helicopters of the International Coalition headed from Al-Omar Oilfield towards the controlled areas of the organization in its last enclave, without information about the reasons for the heading of all of these groups towards the enclave, followed by heavy artillery and rocket shelling on the area -which, if completed, and the International Coalition and SDF took control of this enclave- the “Islamic State” organization will only have direct fronts with the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them west of Euphrates and in the Syrian Desert, in the same context the prisons of the organization in its last enclave at the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, still contain hundreds of prisoners distributed in Hajin and Al-Shaafa, where there are 2 prisons in Al-Shaafa containing more than 1350 prisoners including members of the organization mostly of foreign nationalities with various charges such as security charges, and in Hajin town, there are about 800 prisoners accused of various charges, and the Syrian Observatory published previously, that it learned from reliable sources, that the Coalition Forces continue their intelligence search for a major tunnel in Hajin area, where the sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the French Forces in particular have obtained incomplete information about a tunnel for the organization in Hajin area, which is about 8 km long and the cars and vehicles can go through it, where the French Forces are trying to get full information about the tunnel and its location, so that the International Coalition can start the military operation, also obtained information from reliable sources reported that there are more than 65 first-rank commanders of the “Islamic State” organization in Hajin town in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, the majority of them are of Iraqi nationality in addition to foreign nationalities.

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