المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Bombardment by the International Coalition’s warplanes targets ISIS last enclave leaving several casualties and wounded most of them are of the same family in conjunction with the ongoing fighting in the area

Deir Ezzor Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored bombardment by an American helicopter which targeted areas in al-Marashdah and Al-Safafnah, in ISIS last enclaves on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, while a warplane of the International Coalition targeted a house in Al-Susah town, which killed and injured several people most of whom are of the same family, including 4 persons whose death is confirmed, while the Syrian Observatory monitored ongoing clashes between the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the International Coalition against members of the organization, in areas in the last enclave left under the control of the organization at the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, due to ongoing counterattacks by the organization, on positions of the SDF, in an attempt to achieve advancement in the area, and the clashes between the both parties are accompanied by exchange of targeting in the clash areas, amid shelling by the International Coalition and the SDF on the controlled areas of the organization in its last enclave in the east of the Euphrates River.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the death of at least 211 members of the organization who were killed in the ongoing clashes and the Coalition’s strikes, and it also documented the death of at least 113 members of the Syria Democratic Forces who have been killed since the start of military operations on the 10th of September 2018, one of whom has served as a field commander in Deir Ezzor Military Council of the Syria Democratic Forces, while the death toll is expected to increase due to the presence of information about other casualties as well as the presence of injured cases in serious conditions, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday, that the Syria Democratic forces managed through the ongoing clashes to arrest 6 members at least of the organization including a woman and members of Syrian, Asian and Algerian nationalities, also the ongoing clashes which are accompanied by ongoing shelling left more human losses in the ranks of both parties.

It is noteworthy that the reliable sources also confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that forces of Deir Ezzor Military Council of the Syria Democratic Forces, are positioned in the first lines facing the “Islamic State” organization after the withdrawal of YPG and replacing them by al-Sh’aytat fighters; and then the withdrawal of the last mentioned and the position of Deir Ezzor Military Council in the area, of which the Organization intensely planted with mines, where the Organization deliberately planted laser mines that strained the advancing forces and caused significant casualties, where the sources confirmed that the mines, their sensitivity, and intensity in the last enclave of the Organization, have injured tens of fighters with varying severity and amputations, also the “Islamic State” organization is relying on the tunnel tactic, where fighters confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that they -in several repeated cases- had advanced in areas in the ISIS-enclave east of Euphrates, to be surprised by members of the organization attacking them from the back lines of SDF members who advanced in the area, where ISIS members infiltrate through tunnels to the rear lines of the Syria Democratic Forces, which constituted a state of apprehension of any advancing in the area, and increased the carefulness of the attacking forces supported by the International Coalition during any attack, also the targeting operations which is carried out by the organization is carried out through very small groups of snipers and guided shoulder-mounted missiles, targeting the Syria Democratic Forces and the advancing members and paralyzing their advancement and stopping it for as long as possible, also, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources, that members of the “Islamic State” organization have infiltrated from the last enclave of the Organization east of Euphrates; to its west banks, where the regime forces, the Iranian forces, and their loyal gunmen are controlling the area, where they were monitored and tolerated by the International Coalition Forces who are attacking the last enclave of the Organization.

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