المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Fierce clashes between the 4th Division and an IRGC proxy militia in Al-Mayadin city leave many dead or wounded

Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that fierce clashes erupted yesterday evening in Al-Mayadin city in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor between members of the regime’s 4th Division and a recently-formed tribal militia which is affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

According to SOHR sources, a man from Al-Mayadin, known by his initials as (A.K.), has formed a new militia which includes hundreds of people of his tribe, pledging allegiance to IRGC; then, the man asked the 4th Division forces, stationed at a checkpoint in Al-Kournish street in Al-Mayadin city, to evacuate the checkpoint and told them that the recently-formed militia would be in charge of protecting the area.

Regime soldiers refused to pull out, triggering fierce clashes with Iranian-backed militia. The clashes resulted in the killing of a member of the civil defense, who was passing near the contested area, and left other civilians injured. The clashes led to the withdrawal of the “4th Division” as the militia took control of the checkpoint.

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