المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

During 4 days of continuous violent clashes, about 50 fighters and members of SDF and ISIS were killed, and the latter refuses to surrender after besieging it in less than 2 km²

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the clashes continue for the fourth consecutive day in the eastern sector of the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, within the continuous operations by the Syria Democratic Forces and the International Coalition to eliminate the Organization and its complete presence from the east of Euphrates area, after they were resumed on the 9th of February 2018, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the clashes continued between the Syria Democratic Forces supported by the International Coalition against members of the “Islamic State” Organization, in palaces in the vicinity of the last 2 km² remaining for Organization on the east bank of Euphrates River, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the slowdown of the advancement process as a result of successive targeting by members of the Organization for the vicinity of the area where they holed up, also because the remaining area between SDF and the Organization is exposed, and because of the intensity of the planted mines in the vicinity of the area by the Organization to prevent the rapid advancement towards it, while the past hours witnessed targeting by the International Coalition and its warplanes for the remaining areas of the Organization east of Euphrates.

The Syrian Observatory monitored that the clashes caused more casualties in the ranks of both parties, where it rose to 19 at least, the number of fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces who were killed in the last four days of clashes, also it rose to 27 at least including 8 suicide bombers of whom 3 at least blew themselves up with booby-trapped vehicles, the number of who were killed in clash and attacks, raising to 679, he number of fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces who have been killed since the 10th of November 2018, also it rose to 1306, the number of fighters and leaders of the “Islamic State” Organization who were killed in the shelling, clashes, bombings, and raids, also it rose to 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 for Human Rights published this morning that the Syrian Observatory monitored the exit a new batch of remaining civilians and families of members of the “Islamic State” Organization and members of the Organization itself, and they reached the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas in the eastern of Deir Ezzor countryside, where the Syrian Observatory’s reliable sources confirmed that the number of people in this batch was more than 350 including at least 30 members of the Organization, and they were transferred to the al-Omar Oilfield area, to be transferred to al-Hool camps, which are also suffering a human situation that get worse by the day in the southeastern sector of al-Hasaka countryside, where it rose to about 1500, the number of people who have gotten out in the last 48 hours, raising to 38550, the number of persons whose exit has been documented by the Syrian Observatory since the 1st of December 2018 until today, the 10th of February 2019, of different nationalities of Syria, Iraq Russia, Somalia, Philippine and other Asian nationalities, and more than 36500  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 3480 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.

This exit of people coincides with the continuation of military operations in the vicinity of the last enclave of the “Islamic State” in the east of Euphrates, which is located in the vicinity of the east bank of the river, where the Observatory monitored a renewed shelling by the Syria Democratic Forces and the international coalition, targeted the remaining places controlled by the organization, at a time when ISIS continues to take civilians and families of its remaining members in the enclave as human shields, to protect itself from being bombed by the international coalition, also and the targeting operations are accompanied by clashes between the Syria Democratic Forces against the remaining members of the “Islamic State” Organization, amid exchange of targeting in the clash areas, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that SDF managed to reduce the control of ISIS again with the support of the international coalition, and confine it in an enclave no more than 2 square kilometers, in a constant pressure in order for the organization to hand itself over.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources that the International Coalition is not targeting the area where the remaining leaders of the Organization and members are fortified in, and it is trying to force the Organization to surrender and go out to the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas.

Reliable sources added 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, and the Syrian Observatory published Tuesday morning, the 12th of February 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received information from several reliable sources, that a new batch of the remaining civilians in the “Islamic State” Organization’s enclave along with numbers of ISIS members and their families, have gotten out in the last 24 hours and managed to reach the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas, where the credible sources confirmed that this batch includes at least 500 persons and the majority of whom were children and women of different nationalities like Russian, German, French, Turkish, and Chechen, including at least 28 members of non-Syrian nationalities and including 7 members of western nationalities, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday night that 600 persons have fled from what remained for the “Islamic State” Organization on the east bank of Euphrates River, towards areas controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces, including 6 members of Turkish nationality, 2 French women, and 3 Ukrainian women.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published that the Syria Democratic Forces and the International Coalition forces have started their first advancement operations in the remaining area of the “Islamic State” Organization  at the east bank of Euphrates River, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: 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.

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