Military build-up | Regime forces strengthen presence in rural Ain Issa and Abu Racine countryside, east of Euphrates
SOHR sources say that military reinforcement of regime forces entered the city of Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, consisting of about 50 vehicles, including buses and vehicles carrying soldiers, along with Russian armoured vehicles.
On the other hand, SOHR sources added that regime forces have reinforced their positions on Abu Racine frontline (Zarkan), north of Al-Hasakeh, bringing in military reinforcement consisting of soldiers and heavy weapons such as long-range rocket launchers, heavy guns, sophisticated Russian weapons and modern electronic technologies.
Observatory sources say that these reinforcement were brought in during the past month, in parallel with intensive Russian movements in the area and conducting routine military patrols, after inspecting the village of Al-Assadiya in order to set up an observation post there.
The village of Al-Assadiya is considered the dividing line between the positions of the regime and SDF on the one hand, and Turkish-backed factions on the other.
Reliable sources have told SOHR that Russian forces lowered this morning the Russian flag fixed on Ain Issa military base in the northern countryside of Al-Raqqah. The reasons behind this action have yet to be known whether the Russians intend to withdraw from the area or there is another reason.
Meanwhile, SOHR sources reported that many people of Ain Issa displaced from the town this morning, after reports about Turkish-backed factions’ intension to unleash an attack on the town in the beginning of July.