New strategy | ISIS cells attack tribal dignitaries and elders in Deir Ezzor
SOHR sources say that ISIS cells have adopted a new strategy by attacking tribal dignitaries and elders, as gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying dignitaries of “Ekaydat” tribe on the outskirts of Hawayij village in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The attack left the driver and the uncle of “Ekaydat” tribe’s elder dead, while the brother of the tribe’s elder sustained injures.
It is worth noting that the attack took place in SDF-held areas, while the injured were taken to Al-Mayadeen city which is under the control of regime forces and their allies.
On July 31, SOHR activists said that two unknown assailants on a motorcycle shot dead the “Mukhtar” of Al-Dahla village in Deir Ezzor countryside that dawn, while he was going to the mosque. The victim was a prominent dignitary of “Al-Bakarah” clan.
As daily fatalities are recorded and updated regularly, the number of people who were killed in areas within the four provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah and Al-Hasakah, in addition to the SDF-held area of Manbij in the north-east of Aleppo rose to 551 fighters, civilians, oil workers, and officials in service parties,
The Syrian Observatory documented the assassination of 187 civilians including 14 children and eight women by armed cells in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, al-Hasakah countryside, al-Raqqah city and countryside, and Manbij area. In addition, 360 SDF fighters, including local leaders, were assassinated in the same areas.
Also four members of the International Coalition were killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Human also documented tens of injuries due to these assassinations.