The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

In a month of ISIS recovery of what it lost east of Euphrates, more than 600 civilians and fighters are killed in violent clashes and intensive shelling east of Euphrates

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the “Islamic State” Organization on the 28th of November 2018, completes the first month of recovering the entire areas it lost within its last enclave on the east banks of Euphrates River, where the “Islamic State” Organization has restored areas it lost through its counterattacks that began on the 10th of October the Organization, where ISIS used tunnels, booby-traps, and suicide operations to strike and disperse SDF sites, and to force them to retreat under the pressure of sudden and successive attacks, in which the Organization took advantage of the weather conditions and the inability of the International Coalition warplanes to fly and target them, as a result of the intensive fog, and the Syrian Observatory documented during a month of military operations since the Organization restored its loss and expanded its control from Hajin to the Syrian-Iraqi border on the 28th of October until today, the 28th of November 2018, hundreds of casualties of civilians and fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces and members of the “Islamic State” Organization.

The Syrian Observatory documented the death of 612 persons including 232 civilians including 87 children and 62 women, and 133 of them are Syrian nationals including 56 children and 37 citizen women, they were killed as a result of bombing by international coalition warplanes, which targeted several areas within the ISIS-controlled enclave on the east banks of Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, also the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 243 members of the “Islamic State” organization in the bombings, targeting, clashes, and shelling by the international coalition and the Syria Democratic Forces, while the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 137 fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces in these bombings, clashes, and the sudden attacks of the organization.

Also, the Syrian Observatory documented that it rose to 284 including 101 children and 69 citizen women (including 153 Syrian citizens including 64 children and 40 women of Syrian nationality), thus, which increased the number of people who were killed according to the 3 stages of the Coalition bombing, which was divided by the Syrian Observatory to 3 phases, the first of which is the first month of the military operation in which the Syria Democratic Forces and the Coalition advanced in the last enclave of the organization and controlled al-Baghuz, al-Susah, al-Shajla and parts of Hajin and the advanced in other outskirts and areas of the enclave, where Coalition airstrikes killed at least 5 Syrian civilians, and this first phase was from the 10th of September to the 10th of October 2018, while the second phase was from the 10th of October to the 28th of the same month, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the death of 47 civilians including 14 children and 7 women, including 15 Syrians including 8 children and 3 women, they were killed in airstrikes by the International Coalition warplanes which targeted at least 4 mosques, a Koranic school, and civilian homes, while the third stage represented by shelling by the International Coalition and killed 232 civilians including 87 children and 62 women, including 133 Syrian citizens including 56 children and 37 women, in several areas under the control of the “Islamic State” organization at the eastern bank of Euphrates River, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Observatory monitored a state of discontent in the ranks of the military forces located in the vicinity of ISIS enclave on the eastern banks of Euphrates River, where reliable sources confirmed that resentment came in the wake of the attack that took place after the ” Islamic State “Organization went around sites reinforced by the Syria Democratic Forces in larger numbers of fighters in the last days before the attack, where ISIS turned around from Hajin and Gharanij areas supported ISIS cells, where groups of the Organization entered the desert and closed the roads to the front lines, which caused SDF members to withdrawal from their positions on the front lines, fearing that they would be trapped or killed by the Organization, which tried to reach al-Tank oilfield, where ISIS attacked with tens of motorcycles carrying medium and heavy machineguns, followed by armored vehicles, which confused SDF ranks in the front, especially with the absence of heavy weapons from the military points in the vicinity of the ISIS-controlled enclave on the east banks of Euphrates, also the sources confirmed that many fighters do not Join their bases and military barracks where there is a military operation against ISIS.

Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the International Coalition warplanes flew in the sky of the area at length before the fog got heavy and weather conditions got bad, but the warplanes did not bombard any of the areas, and fighters confirmed that although the International Coalition was provided with coordinates in the vicinity of the “Islamic State” Organization enclave, they did not bombard the area, also the International Coalition positioned at two major points near the al-Tank oilfield, and they bombed the Organization using rocket and artillery shells, also forces of the International Coalition in the field extinguished the flame of the field, cut the electric, and turned off the lights in the area, and the Syrian Observatory also learned that some of SDF members who fleeing the area took refuge in the desert, and some of them stayed there for more than 36 hours.

The Syrian Observatory published previously that the organization attacked in large numbers reached more than 500 fighters, the majority of whom were riding motorcycles and armored vehicles, where organization groups closed the roads leading to the front around its last enclave east of Euphrates, and violent clashes took place between SDF and ISIS, while the International Coalition inside the Tank field positioned in 2 groups and began artillery shelling, where they launched more than 210 shells, amid the absence of warplanes for hours due to the exploitation of the bad weather and heavy fog by the “Islamic State” organization, also  the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that 10 vehicles entered today dawn at 4:30 pm, Sunday the 25th of November 2018, the contact lines with the controlled areas of the “Islamic State” organization at the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, with members and commanders of the Kurdish forces on board, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the shelling on the enclave that the organization controls, stopped today, Sunday, at 3:00 pm, where the International Coalition warplanes returned to target areas in the enclave today after noon, while reliable sources confirmed to the SOHR that the International Coalition’s forces have withdrawn from Al-Tank Oilfield, to their base in Al-Omar Oilfield, while reinforcements have arrived in Al-Tank Oilfield where the number of the troops of the Syria Democratic Forces who have arrived in the oilfield exceeded 1000 fighters, also reliable sources confirmed the entry of at least 50 vehicles with hundreds of the SDF members aboard, today at 19:15, to support the contact lines with the “Islamic State” organization in the outskirts of the enclave it controls at the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.