المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

In less than 100 hours | Russian fighter pound Syrian desert with over 250 airstrikes, killing nearly 45 ISIS members and destroying caves and vehicles

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored continuous aerial operations by Russian jets over the Syrian desert, with intensive airstrikes targeting positions and caves of the Islamic State members in the area of the Aleppo-Hama-Raqqah triangle, specifically in the desert of Athraya and Al-Rahjan, in addition to the al-Raqqah desert and at the administrative border between Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.

This comes as part of the Russian aerial operations in the region, where Russian jets carried out more than 55 airstrikes since this morning, killing 12 ISIS members and destroying vehicles and damaging caves and positions.

This brings the death toll of ISIS members to 43 killed in more than 280 Russian airstrikes in the past 96 hours.

On the first day, Russian jets executed 60 airstrikes on east Hama desert, the surrounding areas of Al-Rahjan Athariyah, Aleppo-Al-Raqqah-Hama triangle, Palmyra desert in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing 11 ISIS members.

On the second day, 12 ISIS members were killed in over 85 Russian airstrikes which targeted Al-Sukhnah desert, the administrative borders between Deir Ezzor and Homs and the surrounding areas of Atheriyah.

On the third day, eight ISIS members were killed in 45 Russian airstrikes which targeted the area of Jabal al-Bashri and its surroundings at the administrative border between Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, in addition to the triangle of Aleppo-Hama-Raqqa and Al-Sukhna desert.

While in the past 12 hours, the Russian jets killed 12 ISIS members after targeting eastern Hama countryside and the desert of Raqqa with more than 65 airstrikes.

SOHR would like to point out that the number of fatalities among ISIS may be larger, as the airstrikes hit several caves and bunkers where ISIS members holed up, so SOHR activists have not managed to verify the number of casualties caused by these attacks.

Since 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 1,354 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 841 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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