المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

15 days after clashes between the regime forces and ISIS cells in the area, warplanes carry out several raids targeting al-Suwaidaa Desert

Al-Suwaidaa Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: several explosions were heard in the northeastern desert of al-Suwaidaa near al-Karaa area, caused by warplanes’ targeting for places in the area, where ISIS cells are spread in the area, but no information about casualties until now, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 26th of March 2019 that although months passed after the presence of the “Islamic State” organization as a controlling power had been finished in Al-Suwaidaa province, its cells are still continuing their activity within the areas of Al-Suwaidaa Desert, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the outbreak of violent clashes between the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them against members of ISIS cells, in the area of Ard Al-Karaa in the north-eastern desert of Al-Suwaidaa, and the clashes were accompanied by exchange of targeting which resulted in the killing of at least 4 ISIS members, amid information about casualties and wounded in the ranks of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them, within a new return of the activity of ISIS cells which is still present in the north of Al-Suwaidaa administrative border, after the SOHR published on the 8th of February 2019, that an area in the vicinity of Tlul al-Safa on the administrative border between the provinces of Rif Dimashq and al-Suwaidaa, witnessed during the past 24 hours a clash the second of its kind within 10 days, between gunmen believed to be cells of the “Islamic State” Organization against the regime forces who are deployed in the area, against the background of an attempt to infiltrate by the first mentioned into sites of the last mentioned, which caused the killing of 4 members of the organization and one of whom was beheaded by members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, where cells of the Organization are still spread in several areas of Tlul al-Safa, in addition to information about their presence in the rugged areas of al-Karaa area in the northeastern countryside al-Suwaidaa, and the Syrian Observatory published at the beginning of February 2019 that  the regime forces targeted a vehicle of the “Islamic State” organization in Al-Sukhnah Desert in the eastern sector of Homs countryside, where the targeting resulted in the killing of 7 ISIS members, who were in the vehicle, where the “Islamic State” organization is still present in an enclave with an area of about 4000 square km, stretching from the north of Al-Sukhnah to Deir Ezzor Desert, and this is the largest and last  enclave remained for the organization in the west of the Euphrates River.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 20th of February 2019 that at the time when the presence of the “Islamic State” Organization ended as a dominant force on a geographical spot on the east banks of Euphrates River; thousands of members are still spread over an area of about 4000 km² stretching from the nature reserve of Jabal Abu Rjameen north of Palmyra which includes trees within it, until the north of al-Sokhna and the western administrative border of Deir Ezzor province, these thousands of members are still trapped since 2017 by the regime forces, the Russian forces, and the Iranian forces there, without any military operation to eliminate them despite being surrounded, on the contrary; members of the Organization there are initiating occasional surprise attacks against sites of the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them and Russia.

and Russia, where the Syrian Observatory published on the 14th of February 2019 that a violent explosion was heard in the eastern desert of Homs, it turned out that it was caused by an explosion near Owayrid Dam area, which injured 2 members of the regime forces, and it is believed that the Organization targeted them by planting mines in areas where the regime forces and their allies pass in the area, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 10th of February 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored targeting operations against the pro-regime people in the Syrian desert, near to the largest remaining enclave of the “Islamic State” Organization inside the Syrian territory, which is about 4000 km², where the Syrian Observatory monitoring targeting a car carrying members of the reconciliation committees and members of the regime’s NDF, where intersected sources confirmed that the targeting process was carried out by the “Islamic State” Organization, which exist strongly and in large numbers in the largest remaining pocket west of Euphrates River, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the targeting that took place in the last 24 hours caused the killing of 3 NDF members and injured others with varying severity, including one of the officials of the “reconciliation” file in al-Sukhnah area, while the targeting took place near al-Qlea’ area in northern desert of al-Sokhna.

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