ISIS resurgence | NDF members killed or wounded in attack on positions nearby “Al-Kharratah” oil field in southern Deir Ezzor
SOHR sources have reported that ISIS cells unleashed a fresh attack this dawn, targeting positions of regime forces and the “National Defence Forces” (NDF) nearby “Al-Kharratah” oil field in the southern sector of Deir Ezzor province. Fierce clashes, lasted for hours, followed the attack leaving two NDF members dead, while three others went missing. After the attack, regime forces sent large military reinforcement to the area.
It is worth noting that ISIS resurgence has been continuing in the Syrian desert since March 2019. However, “Islamic State” stepped up its operations and attacks in the past few weeks.
Since the 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 629 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 127 Iranian-backed militiamen of non-Syrian nationalities. All were killed in attacks, bombings and ambushes by the “Islamic State”, west of Euphrates in the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Homs, and Al-Suwaidaa.
Also four civilians working in gas fields, 11 shepherds and four other people were killed and documented by SOHR in the same period, from late March 2019 until today. They were killed in attacks by ISIS cells. While 273 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.