المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Al-Mayadeen desert | Clashes renew between regime forces and ISIS members, and 13 ISIS members killed in Russian airstrikes

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored today clashes in al-Mayadeen desert, between regime forces and loyal militiamen one hand, and members of the Islamic State, amid artillery shelling by regime forces on positions in the desert, coinciding with the flight of drones over the area.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the deaths of five pro-regime militiamen during comping operations in search for ISIS cells, while 13 ISIS members were killed in Russian airstrikes.

Moreover, Russian fighter jets are still flying over the Syrian desert, along with executing intensive airstrikes on ISIS positions in Aleppo-Al-Raqqah-Hama triangle and Deir Ezzor-Homs road. SOHR sources have documented over 130 airstrikes executed by Russian jets. These airstrikes started just after the latest ambush by ISIS members in the desert.

Observatory activists had documented the death of four members of regime forces, including a first lieutenant, and the injury of ten others in an ambush by ISIS members, yesterday, on military buses in Al-Shawla desert in Deir Ezzor countryside.

SOHR sources also reported that the large-scale security campaign led by Russia and its proxy forces continued 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 were combing the area from Kabajeb and Al-Shawla in the west of Deir Ezzor to Al-Sukhnah.

Reliable sources informed SOHR that Russian forces started to provide ground protection for these joint forces, after bringing in large military reinforcement to the region, as the campaign entered it second consecutive week. Meanwhile, Russian fighter jets were providing air support for the campaign.

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