ISIS resurgence | Nearly 20 regime police officers and civilians kidnapped and scores missing in surprise attack on Al-Sa’an district
Reliable SOHR sources have reported a new attack by ISIS in regime-controlled areas in the Syrian desert, as ISIS members carried out a surprise attack on Al-Zuwaynah area and other areas in Oqayrabat district in the eastern countryside of Hama where they clashed with regime forces and loyalists. The clashes have left several casualties, while ISIS members managed to arrest eight police officers and kidnap 11 other civilians from Al-Sa’an district. Moreover, nearly 40 people have gone missing, and it is not known yet whether they were also kidnapped by ISIS or not.
Meanwhile, regime forces were seen on high alert, along with brining in military reinforcement to the area. It is worth noting that the region hosts Iranian militias and other pro-Iran local militias.
A few hours ago, SOHR sources documented over 210 airstrikes by Russian fighter jets in the past 72 hours, targeting positions, caves, bunkers and vehicles and killing at least 29 ISIS members, ss the Russians continued their aerial operations on ISIS positions in the Syrian desert. The airstrikes could be distributed as follows:
- On Saturday: Russian jets executed nearly 70 airstrikes, targeting positions in Atheriya, the surrounding areas in the eastern countryside of Hama, and other areas in Deir Ezzor desert, killing 13 ISIS members.
- On Sunday: Russian jets executed 30 airstrikes on positions in Al-Raqqah desert, Deir Ezzor countryside, near the administrative border with Al-Raqqah, and Aleppo-Al-Raqqah-Hama triangle, killing five ISIS
- On Monday: Russian jets executed nearly 90 airstrikes, targeting Aleppo-Al-Raqqah-Hama triangle, Al-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor deserts, and the eastern countryside of Homs, killing 11 ISIS
The death toll is expected to rise further as the Russian airstrikes left other ISIS members injured, some seriously. While the airstrikes in the past 72 hours have caused material damage, as several caves, bunkers and vehicles have been destroyed.
SOHR would like to point out that SOHR activists could document the death of only 29 ISIS members. However, the real number of fatalities may be higher.