Amid entrenchment of presence in western Al-Raqqah since early May | Iranian-backed militias bring in military reinforcement to south-eastern countryside
Reliable sources have informed SOHR that Iranian-backed militias have brought in military reinforcement from their bases in Deir Ezzor province to the south-eastern countryside of Al-Raqqah. According to SOHR sources, a military convoy of Iranian-backed militias comprising a group of nearly 140 members lead by “Haj Muhanad Sabra” and heavy weapons, arrived yesterday afternoon in Ghanem Al-Ali village in the southern countryside of Al-Raqqah. Shortly after the arrival of this convoy in the village, the reinforcement was deployed in the desert to the south-eastern of Ghanem Al-Ali village, where heavy weapons were installed near the water purification station in the village and in the area of Jabal Al-Bishri on the administrative border between Al-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor.
The arrival of military reinforcement comes as a part of preparations for starting a combing campaign in the desert following the scores of attacks by ISIS which targeted regime forces and Iranian-backed militias in Al-Raqqah countryside.
It is worth noting that the Iranian-backed militias sent military reinforcement to the western countryside of Al-Raqqah in early May.
Also, on May 6, SOHR activists reported the arrival of military reinforcement brought in by Russian-backed Palestinian militias of “Liwaa Al-Quds” to Al-Bokamal and Al-Asharah deserts in Deir Ezzor. The reinforcement, which comprised four-wheel drive vehicles (4×4), heavy machineguns, and dozens of militiamen, came in preparation for a combing operation in search for ISIS cells. Meanwhile, Russian fighter jets were seen flying over the area.