Regime forces and factions loyal to those forces and to Russia in eastern al-Hamawiyah desert continue combing the areas in search for ISIS cells that are active across the Syrian desert for the second day on row.
Regime forces escorted by Russian warplanes started yesterday the combing operation that was focused on the frontlines of al-Rahgan and al-Shaqousiyah eastern Hama. Russian warplanes have launched since the beginning of the operation till now more than 45 air raids that have targeted Magher, caves, difficult terrain deep in the desert amid information about casualties. Meanwhile, no clashes have been reported yet between the regime forces and ISIS.
Yesterday, SOHR activists reported that at least two regime soldiers were killed and eight others sustained various injuries, after a landmine planted earlier by ISIS by the road in the north of Sokhna in the eastern countryside of Homs exploded while their military bus was passing.
Meanwhile, Russian fighter jets executed over 30 airstrikes, targeting several positions in Syrian Desert, along with the continuous combing operation in search for ISIS cells in the region.
Since 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 1,487 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 152 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, al-Raqqah, Homs, al-Suwaidaa, Hama and Aleppo.
Also, four civilians working in gas fields, tens of shepherds and other civilians 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 968 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period due to shillings, targeting and attacks.