ISIS resurgence | 12 regime soldiers killed and wounded in attack on military bus in Deir ez-Zor desert
SOHR activists say that 12 regime soldiers were killed and injured, as a military bus was targeted by ISIS members in al-Shula desert in Deir ez-Zor countryside, after which regime forces brought in military reinforcement to the area.
The large-scale security campaign led by Russia and its proxy forces is still underway in the Syrian desert with the aim to secure Deir Ezzor-Homs road, in the wake of noticeable escalation of ISIS operations. Joint forces of the “National Defence Forces” (NDF), the Palestinian “Liwaa Al-Quds” and 5th Corps are combing the area from Kabajeb and Al-Shawla in the west of Deir Ezzor to Al-Sukhnah.
Reliable sources have informed SOHR that Russian forces started today to provide ground protection for these joint forces, after bringing in large military reinforcement to the region, as the campaign has entered it second consecutive week. Meanwhile, Russian fighter jets are still providing air support for the campaign.
Yesterday, SOHR sources said that joint forces of the “National Defense Forces”, the Palestinian “Liwaa Al-Quds” and the pro-Russian Fifth Corps, as well as regime forces, continued to comb areas in the Syrian desert, from Kabajib and al-Shawla west of Deir Ezzor to al-Sukhna, as a part of the security campaign that began on January 16. The campaign aimed to secure the Deir Ezzor-Homs road, after the ambushes and escalating operations by the Islamic State, which continued launching new attacks on the Syrian regime and its allies.
The security campaign began a week earlier with intensive Russian air support by more than 130 airstrikes which hit ISIS positions in Homs and Deir Ezzor desert since the start of the campaign.
SOHR activists documented large number of fatalities in the first week of the campaign as a result of shelling and clashes, as 31 pro-Russian fighters, regime soldiers and allied militiamen were killed in bombardment, attacks and clashes with ISIS members in the deserts of Homs and Deir Ezzor, while ISIS lost 17 members in Russian airstrikes and clashes.