ISIS resurgence | Cells capture new positions in Hama desert, and kill nearly 20 regime soldiers and loyalists • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

ISIS resurgence | Cells capture new positions in Hama desert, and kill nearly 20 regime soldiers and loyalists

SOHR sources say that Russian jets continue flying over the Syrian desert, executing intensive airstrikes on areas held by the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Hama in the desert.

Meanwhile, clashes continue between ISIS members on the one hand, and regime forces and loyalists on the other, in a violent attack carried out by the group on the positions of regime forces and loyalists, during which the group was able to advance and control posts in the areas of Shakozya and Al-Rahjan.

On the other hand, regime forces have failed to contain the group’s attacks so far, despite intensive Russian airstrikes with more than 130 strikes in the last 48 hours.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented casualties on both sides in shelling and clashes in the last 48 hours. 19 members of regime forces and loyalists were killed, while 12 members of the Islamic State group were killed. The death toll is expected to rise, as some of the injured are in serious condition.

Since 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 1,170 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 145 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 633 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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