ISIS resurgence | Four SDF fighters killed in attack on their checkpoint in Deir Ezzor countryside
Deir Ezzor Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: SOHR sources have documented the death of four SDF fighters in an armed attack by unknown gunmen, believed to be of ISIS cells, on a checkpoint in Abu Al-Khashab desert in the north-west of Deir Ezzor city.
Yesterday, reliable sources in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor informed the Syrian Observatory that ISIS established a new ambush in the early hours of Monday morning, targeting a military column of regime forces and the pro-regime and Russia militia of “Liwaa Al-Quds” near Faydat Ibn Muwayni’ in Al-Mayadeen desert, while they were combing the region.
Fierce clashes erupted between both sides leaving great human losses, as SOHR activists documented the death of 26 regime soldiers and loyal militiamen, while others sustained various injuries, some seriously. ISIS also lost 11 members. It is worth noting that this death toll is the highest one on 2021, and the second largest death toll after this of earlier ISIS ambush in December 2020, which left 39 regime soldiers and loyal militiamen dead. According to SOHR sources, large reinforcement of regime forces and the “National Defence Forces” (NDF) were seen heading this morning from Al-Mayadeen to the conflict zone.
As more fatalities are recorded and updated regularly, the number of people who were killed in areas within the four provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah and Al-Hasakah, in addition to the SDF-held area of Manbij in the north-east of Aleppo rose to 675 fighters, civilians, oil workers, and officials in service parties.
The Syrian Observatory documented the assassination of 241 civilians including 17 children and 12 women by armed cells in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, al-Hasakah countryside, al-Raqqah city and countryside, and Manbij area. In addition, 429 SDF fighters, including local leaders, were assassinated in the same areas.
Also, four members of International Coalition were killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Human also documented tens of injuries due to these assassinations.