المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After violent and vicious attack, SDF supported by the Coalition expel ISIS of Hajin; its biggest stronghold in its last enclave east of Euphrates

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights several reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that the Syria Democratic Forces supported by Coalition Forces have completely controlled Hajin town, which is considered the main and largest stronghold of the “Islamic State” Organization in its last remaining enclave at the east bank of Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where the control took place during the last hours, following violent clashes and successive attacks, intense and violent air and ground strikes by Coalition Forces, reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that this control pushed the Organization to retreat into the land surrounding the town and to the residential areas near Hajin, where shells and clashes were heard in the farmland around the town, caused from prosecution by members of the Syria Democratic Forces for members of the Organization in the area, amid attempts by the Organization to get the town back, but it has not been able to achieve any progress until now, while this advancement of the Syria Democratic Forces comes after they broke yesterday; the first and strongest defensive lines of the Organization in the town, and controlling during the past 48 hours important sites in the last remaining enclave of the Organization, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday night that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored continued shelling targeting areas in the enclave left under the control of the “Islamic State” organization, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory; the International Coalition warplanes continued their targeting to ISIS controlled areas and positions in its last enclave at the east of the Euphrates, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, along with continued violent clashes between the Syria Democratic Forces against the members of the “Islamic State” organization, at the outskirts of Hajin town where the SDF managed to achieve significant advancement, and the clashes are accompanied by exchange of targeting in the clash areas between the both parties.

The Syrian Observatory documented more casualties during the military operations, where it rose to Thus, it rose to 922, the number of fighters of the “Islamic State” organization who were killed in shelling, clashes, bombings, and raids within the enclave of the organization since the 10th  of September 2018, also it rose to about 539, the number members of the Syria Democratic Forces who were killed since the 10th of September 2018, also, the Syrian Observatory documented that it rose to 324 including 113 children and 72 citizen women (including 180 Syrian citizens including 76 children and 43 women of Syrian nationality).

While the Syrian Observatory documented significant casualties during this third month, which caused the killing of 196 civilians including 73 children and 53 women, including 100 Syrian citizens including 42 children and 28 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, and the Syrian Observatory also documented the killing of 257 members of the “Islamic State” Organization since the 10th of November to 10 December 2018, while the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 172 fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces during the same period.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that the “Islamic State” organization withdrew towards the eastern outskirts of Hajin town in the eastern of Deir Ezzor countryside, where there its existence there is limited to the eastern areas of the town and in tunnels in it, and this withdraw operation come after the Syria Democratic Forces managed during the past 48 hours to break the defensive lines of the organization inside Hajin and advanced greatly in it, after they imposed their control over Hajin Hospital, other 2 hospitals, the market area, and other areas in the town, where the violent resistance and disparate fighting by members of the “Islamic State” Organization yesterday, Wednesday, -where ISIS detonated at least 5 booby-trapped vehicles- didn’t prevent Syria Democratic Forces from continuing their advancement deep in Hajin town and controlling important positions in it, which forced ISIS members to retreat to the eastern outskirts of the town, where the Syria Democratic Forces controlled large parts of Hajin town; the most prominent stronghold of the “Islamic State” organization within its last enclave at the east bank of Euphrates River, and they are expected to control the whole town, unless the Organization carry out counterattacks that enable it to regain strategic points it lost yesterday.

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