Syrian desert | Russian jets target ISIS positions with nearly 40 airstrikes in 24 hours
SOHR sources say that Russian jets have executed nearly 40 airstrikes, in the past 24, on Aleppo-Hama-Al-Raqqah triangle in the Syrian desert where ISIS cells are prevalent.
A few hours ago, SOHR sources reported Russian airstrikes on the Syrian desert, along with ongoing combing operations by regime forces, National Defense Forces and the Russian-backed Fifth Corps and Al-Quds Brigade in the desert between Deir Ezzor and Homs in order to secure the highway between the two provinces.
Two days ago, SOHR sources said that the security campaign launched by Russian-backed forces continued in the deserts of Deir Ezzor and Homs, where joint forces of “Liwaa Al-Quds” and “5th Corps” as well as the “National Defence Forces” (NDF) continue to comb the area from Kabajib and Al-Shoula, west of Deir Ezzor to Al-Sukhna, in an attempt to secure the Deir Ezzor-Homs highway.
According to the Syrian Observatory sources, more than nine fighters of these forces were killed in a few hours, as a result of the explosion of landmines planted by ISIS in al-Tayba area in Al-Sukhna, eastern Homs countryside, at the administrative border with Deir Ezzor. Among the fatalities, there were five members of the Palestinian “Liwaa Al-Quds.”
Since 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 1,199 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.