Syrian desert | Russian jets strike ISIS positions, along with regime military build-up in Deir Ezzor desert
SOHR sources have reported that six Russian fighter jets have executed nearly 15 airstrikes, targeting ISIS positions in the Syrian desert, near Aleppo-Hama-Al-Raqqah triangle. Meanwhile, Observatory activists have reported seeing regime military build-up in the eastern desert of Al-Mayadeen with the aim of starting combing operations in search for ISIS cells which are prevalent in the region.
On March 29, reliable SOHR sources in Teshreen military hospital in Damascus confirmed that nearly 100 regime soldiers and loyalists arrived at the hospital in the previous three days, all sustained various injuries due to ambushes and explosion of landmines planted by ISIS, during combing operations by regime forces and loyal militias in search for ISIS cells in the Syrian desert, particularly from Al-Sukhnah area to Palmyra desert in the eastern countryside of Homs.
According to SOHR sources, most of the injured sustained first-degree burns, while others lost their limbs. According to a medical source in Teshreen military hospital, in Barzeh area in the north-eastern part of the capital, Damascus, the hospital temporarily suspended the reception of more injured cases, as there are no beds in the hospital for new cases. Moreover, the cases sustained light wounds were taken to government hospitals in the Damascus.
On March 26, SOHR activists documented the death of seven pro-regime militiamen and the wounding of three others in an ISIS attack on these militias’ positions, on Wednesday evening, in the desert of Oqayrabat in the eastern countryside of Hama. This development came in light of the ongoing and increasing activities of the Islamic State in the Syrian desert near Hama, Aleppo, Al-Raqqah triangle.
Since 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 1,381 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 149 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 867 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.