المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Military campaign in Syrian desert | Four Russian jets strike ISIS positions in Al-Raqqah desert

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored this evening four Russian jets consecutively pounding ISIS positions in the Syrian desert within the administrative borders of Raqqa province. The airstrikes coincided with ISIS attack on the positions of regime forces and loyalists in the deserts of al-Mansoura and Al-Rasafa, south of Raqqa province. No casualties have been reported.

Syrian Observatory activists have monitored the ongoing security campaign by regime forces and loyal militias in the Syrian desert against ISIS cells who are active in this region. The new campaign, which started earlier this month, is concentrated in Homs countryside and the triangle of Aleppo-Hama-Al-Raqqah. It is worth noting that the campaign is also backed mainly by Russian air support through daily intensive airstrikes by Russian jets on ISIS positions.

On the other hand, ISIS continues its operations against regime forces and loyalists through setting up ambushes, detonating IEDs and mines and launching surprise attacks on several positions in the Syrian desert.

Since September 1, SOHR activists have documented great fatalities among both sides due to the military operations in the Syrian desert, including airstrikes, security campaigns and attacks. At least 38 ISIS members were killed. However, 19 regime soldiers and loyal militiamen were also killed in the same period, while connection were lost with more than 25 others during the security campaigns.

Since the 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 714 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 140 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 329 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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