Recent developments across Syria
May 11, 2021
-Russian airstrikes continue on ISIS positions in the countryside of Hama, Al-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor, as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activists reported that Russian fighter jets consecutively targeted ISIS positions with more than 45 airstrikes in the past few hours, targeting Jabal al-Bishri area at the administrative borders between al-Raqqah, Deir Ezzor and the countryside of Hama, in addition to positions in the al-Sukhnah desert in the eastern countryside of Homs. Meanwhile, the airstrikes hit caves and bunkers where ISIS members are likely to hide in, and struck their vehicles, while at least six members were killed. However, the death toll may be larger due to the topography of the area.
-Iranian forces and their proxy factions in west Euphrates region, save no efforts to ensure transferring the area of western Euphrates to Iranian “colony” or “protectorate” by adopting different and diversified methods, including the spreading of their culture, practicing the Shia sect and recruitment of adult and young men. The Iranian practices have recently expanded to include recruitment of female elements among their lines. SOHR sources in al-Mayadeen city, the capital of Iranian forces and their proxy factions in west Euphrates region, have reported that “Abu el Fadel al-Abbas militia” has assigned nearly 25 women of its militamen’s families to communicate with other girls and women in al-Mayadeen and convinced them to convert to Shiism. SOHR sources added that the Shia females were also instructed to convince the new affiliates to join some religious courses for explaining the Shiism in some cultural centers by offering them food supplies. This development comes in light of Iranian-backed militias’ carrot policies for luring the inhabitants to join their ranks.
-SOHR sources have reported that ISIS members attacked a checkpoint belonging to the pro-regime Palestinian “Liwa al-Quds” in al-Rusafa desert in the western countryside of al-Raqqah, killing two members and wounding six others.
-SOHR activists have reported that two brothers from western Qalamoun Talfita village in Rif Dimashq killed by a security group affiliated with the Republican Guard Forces. SOHR sources added that a disagreement took place between the victims and members of the Republican Guards for unknown reasons, which spurred the security members to kill the two brothers in public in cold blood. The accident happened a few days ago.
-SOHR activists have reported that unknown gunmen shot dead a top officer of the 38th Brigade of the regime’s Air-Defence service near Hasan Shallal al-Samarah’s farm nearby Mahajeh town in the north-eastern countryside of Daraa.
-Gunmen, believed to be ISIS members, stormed a house in the village of al-Hussan, which is under the control of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, and shot dead a displaced person from the town of Khasham. According to sources, the victim was accused of “sorcery”. On the other hand, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a checkpoint of the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) with light weapons, in the village of Al-Kabar in the same countryside. However, no casualties have been reported.
-SOHR activists reported that the administration of Al-Hawl camp in al-Hasakah countryside is preparing to evacuate 84 families of 271 persons, today, most of whom are inhabitants of Deir Ezzor. This move is a part of Syrian Democratic Council’s initiative to evacuate the camp of Syrians.
-SOHR sources have reported that the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and an SDF-backed military group have arrested seven civilians in al-Shuhayl town in Deir Ezzor countryide, after storming their houses last night. According to SOHR sources, the arrested people are civilians and have never worked for ISIS.
-SOHR sources reported that Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by International Coalition forces and aircraft continued their security campaign against ISIS ongoing militancy in Wadi al-Ajij district in northern Deir Ezzor countryside for the third day in a row. The International Coalition launched several missiles last night, targeting positions in Wadi al-Ajij district and the hideouts and the roads used by ISIS. The strikes coincided with the continuous flights by helicopter and warplanes over the region to monitor the ISIS moves.
Areas under control of HTS and opposition factions
-SOHR activists in the “de-escalation zone” have reported rocket attack by regime forces, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, which targeted the outskirts of al-Atareb in the western countryside of Aleppo, and Kansafra, Fulayfel and Benin in the southern countryside of Idlib. Furthermore, regime forces opened fire with machineguns on frontlines in Sahl al-Ghab northwest of Hama. On the other hand, rebel factions bombarded positions of regime forces and their proxies in Kafr Nabl, south of Idlib, and Jubas in the south-east of the city. However, no casualties have been reported.
-The body of a university student from Darya city in Rif Dimashq was found dead with gunshot wounds in Idlib city which is under the control of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham and opposition factions.
-SOHR activists have reported outbreak of fires due to bombardment with heavy artillery by Turkish forces and their proxy factions on the outskirts of Um al-Housh village in Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Aleppo. The fires have devoured tens of hectares of farmlands planted with wheat and barley, while the residents could not extinguish these blazes due to the sporadic Turkish bombardment.
-SOHR activists have reported that Turkish forces fired artillery shells on positions in Kurdish-held areas in Maranaz and the outskirts of Tel Rifaat in the northern countryside of Aleppo, but no casualties have been reported.