Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the “Islamic State” Organization is still holed up in its last area of presence after losing almost its entire control at the east bank, where ISIS members there are waiting for their fate just like the fate of members before them in the enclave, which was fully terminated after 158 days of extensive military operations, since the 10th of September 2019, while ISIS members are now hiding in farms near the east bank of Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that cars and vehicles of the International Coalition continue to enter and exit to and from the fronts with the areas which has not yet been swept, in which the Organization holed up before tens of its members surrendered and hundreds of civilians and families of its members got out, of who retreated to camps in farms near the Euphrates banks, and the Syrian Observatory monitored the entry of about 20 Hummer and military vehicles to the front area and 10 of which got out later, also explosions were heard, caused by shelling targeted the farms in which ISIS members are hiding, in an attempt to pressure the remaining ISIS members to surrender.
And In the same context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the Syria Democratic Forces transferring more than 700 persons towards their controlled areas in al-Omar Oilfield, after leaving the last areas where the Organization is hiding in camps in farms near Euphrates banks, where the 700 -mostly children and women- have gotten out on board of 15 trucks and 7 private cars, raising to 39940, the number of persons whose exit has been documented by the Syrian Observatory since the 1st of December 2018 until today, the 14th of February 2019, of different nationalities of Syria, Iraq Russia, Somalia, Philippine and other Asian nationalities, and more than 37940 of them have gotten out after the decision of the American president Trump to withdraw from Syria on the 19th of December 2018, including about 3800 members of the organization of those who infiltrated within the displaced people, and they were arrested after the residents recognized them and reported the security services about their infiltration, and the other group surrendered themselves after they managed to get out of ISIS last enclave.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published this morning that 158 days of military operation announced by the Syria Democratic Forces and the International Coalition against the “Islamic State” Organization, which used to be located in an enclave stretches from Hajin area to the Syrian-Iraqi border, at the eastern bank of Euphrates River within the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor countryside, where these 158 days included violent clashes, ground and aerial bombardment and shelling, explosions, displacement, flight, and surrender, until the Organization collapsed, faded, and ended as a dominant power on the 14th of February 2019, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the end of ISIS as a controlling force completely, where the Organization is confined in 2 camps along with the remaining civilians and families of its members in farms located on the east bank of Euphrates River, while an official announcement is expected from the International Coalition and the Syria Democratic forces, about terminating the Organization’s presence complete and definitively east of Euphrates as a dominant power, following a deal in which tens of non-Syrians and western nationality members surrendered to the SDF and Coalition forces, thus, the final chapter of the end of the Organization in the whole east of Euphrates area is being written after it controlled most of the area, while the fate of tons of gold and the wealth of the Organization in its last enclave still unknown, where the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that in the area where the Organization is holed up with its leaders and members, there are about 40 tons of gold in addition to tens of millions of dollars remain in the possession of the Organization, and the Syrian Observatory learned that gold in the area was collected from all the areas that used to be controlled by ISIS, also, a part of these huge amounts of gold were transported from Turkey to the “Islamic State” organization’s-controlled areas through Turkish mediators and leaders in the Organization, who have close ties with the Turkish authorities and their intelligence, where the Coalition forces are trying to force the Organization to surrender in order to get the gold and the huge amounts of money in its possession.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the exit of a column today evening at 19:15, Wednesday the 13th of February 2019, and reliable sources confirmed the exit a column of 7 trucks headed by a US Hummer vehicle and a gun-mounted 4×4 vehicle, as well as 2 similar vehicles at the end of the column, and the reliable sources confirmed that the trucks were carrying a sum of nearly 240 members of the “Islamic State” organization, most of whom are of foreign nationalities, of those who have surrendered to the Syria Democratic Forces and the International Coalition, where this is the largest evacuation of ISIS members according to a deal or through surrender, and reliable sources confirmed that the trucks aboard which the fleeing citizens and evacuees get out, are usually accompanied by one vehicle heads the column, but this is the first time for a column to be seen under protection of US Hummer vehicles and gun-mounted 4×4 vehicles, at the same time, the SOHR learned that the “Islamic State” organization has been confined even more and became in control of only hundreds of meters near the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, where it is fortified in the area, thus, the “Islamic State” organization lost its control almost completely in the area of the east Euphrates, where it is expected in the following hours, that the organization will be completely terminated as a controlling power, then, its active cells on the Syrian territory are still remaining in a number of provinces within the east of the Euphrates and its west as well as the presence of the largest and last enclave of the organization in the Syrian Desert north of Al-Sukhnah city to beyond the administrative border of Deir Ezzor province.
This almost-full collapse comes after 158 days of military operations in the area of the east Euphrates, at the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, where the organization once controlled areas stretched from Hajin to the Syrian – Iraqi border, then the Syria Democratic Forces and the International Coalition managed through their military operations they launched on the 10th of September 2018, until today the 13th of February 2019, to impose their control over the enclave almost completely, in anticipation for finishing the organization completely from the east of the Euphrates in the following hours, either through a military operation or the surrender of the rest ISIS members and commanders and their families, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented during this military operation the death of 679 fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces who have been killed since the 10th of November 2018, while it documented the death of 1306 members and leaders of the “Islamic State” Organization, who were killed in the clashes, detonations and raids, while the SOHR documented the death of 417 people including 151 children and 86 citizen women (including 233 Syrian citizens including 99 children and 57 women of Syrian nationality) the number of civilians killed since the 10th of December 2018, also the “Islamic State” Organization had executed more than 716 detainees, of who were arrested on various charges including security members and members of the Organization who tried to break away of it and escape its controlled areas, and the executions were carried out inside headquarters and detention centers of the Organization, and within its controlled areas which are today confined to the towns of Sha’afah, al-Susah, al-Baghuz and villages of Abu Hasan, Bo Badran, al-Marashdah, al-Shajla, al-Kashmeh, al-Safiya and al-Bukhatir suburb east of Hajin, which extends along the east bank of Euphrates, along with its last enclave in the deserts of Homs and Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Observatory also documented the exit of 39240 persons since the 1st of December 2018 until today, the 13th of February 2019, of different nationalities of Syria, Iraq Russia, Somalia, Philippine and other Asian nationalities, and more than 37240 of them have gotten out after the decision of the American president Trump to withdraw from Syria on the 19th of December 2018, including about 3800 members of the organization of those who infiltrated within the displaced people, and they were arrested after the residents recognized them and reported the security services about their infiltration, and the other group surrendered themselves after they managed to get out of ISIS last enclave, the Syrian Observatory published in the recent days, that the organization is still taking the citizens as human shields, along with escalating the fears for the lives of the remaining citizens in this enclave, of being targeted by the International Coalition or its warplanes which are continuously flying over the area, and the SOHR published hours ago, that the Syria Democratic Forces managed with the International Coalition to advance in the empty space and the agricultural area in the remaining enclave of the Organization at the east bank of Euphrates River, clamping down on the Organization and the tunnels it uses, pushing it to go back to the remaining residential areas, while the “Islamic State” Organization continues to take civilians as human shields to prevent the International Coalition from shelling it, despite the continued overflights of the International Coalition warplanes over the remaining enclave of the Organization, and the reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the Coalition and the Syria Democratic Forces through this attack are putting pressure on the Organization in order for it to hand over its remaining commanders and members, while fears increase on the lives of hundreds of families remaining in the enclave.
Video by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights shows an International Coalition helicopter over al-Omar field in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor
Pictures by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights show the exit of civilians from areas where the “Islamic State” Organization is located east of Euphrates