Fearing ISIS attacks | Dozens of Hezbollah-backed militiamen coming from Syrian desert stationed at Palmyra
Homs province: SOHR activists have reported seeing the arrival of 35 Syrian members of militia trained and armed by the Lebanese Hezbollah, with their full equipment of weapons and vehicles, to Palmyra in eastern Homs countryside, from Al-Sokhnah desert.
The militiamen have stationed in Palmyra city and its surroundings and set up checkpoints there, following the militias received information that ISIS intend to target their whereabouts in Al-Sokhnah desert.
This comes after several attacks waged by ISIS, targeting the militia’s whereabouts in Homs desert.
On September 5, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) militia opened an “intelligence” information and documentation centre at one of its headquarters near Palmyra national hospital.
SOHR sources reported that the main aim of opening this centre is to gather information on their “hostile actors.”
The new centre is a reference for all Iranian-backed militias deployed in the eastern countryside of Homs.
This intelligence hub is the first of its kind to be established by Iranian-backed militias in Syria.
On August 29, Iranian-backed militias in Palmyra, Al-Qariyatayan and Mahin summoned civilians who had struck settlements with regime forces and had previously worked with the forces supported by the International Coalition for investigation, without informing the security authorities in those areas.
This came as a precaution measure for fear of renewed airstrikes by the “International Coalition,” targeting Iranian-backed militias in areas west of Euphrates and in Syrian desert.