The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Deir Ezzor | IS*IS cells exe*cute member of Osoud Al-Sharqiya militia in Al-Tabany desert

Deir Ezzor province: Residents have found the body of a member of Osoud Al-Sharqiya militia of the National Defence, where he was executed by gunshots by ISIS cells in Al-Tabany desert near the salt mine in western Deir Ezzor countryside.

ISIS cells are deployed in different areas of the Syrian desert, where operations by ISIS cells against combatants and civilians are launched.

According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2023 has increased to 60; and they are as follows:

• Four ISIS members were killed in clashes with regime forces and Russian airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the deserts of Homs, Al-Suwaidaa, Hama, Al-Raqqah, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo.

• 56 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 14 Iranian-backed Syrian and non-Syrian militiamen, were killed in 41 operations by ISIS members, including ambushes, armed attacks, and explosions, in west Euphrates region and the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah, Homs, Al-Suwaidaa, Hama and Aleppo.

In addition, 94 civilians, including a woman, were killed in attacks by ISIS in the Syrian desert.

Here is a regional distribution of ISIS attacks in 2023:

-Homs desert: 13 operations left 98 fatalities:

• 22 combatants, including three Iranian-backed militias.

• 77 civilians, including a woman.

-Al-Raqqah desert: Seven operations left 11 regime soldiers, three ISIS members and one civilian dead.

-Deir Ezzor desert: 15 operations which left 23 fatalities:

• 22 combatants, including 11 Iranian-backed militias.

• One ISIS member.

• One civilian.

-Hama desert: Five operations left 12 civilians and one member of “national Defence” dead.

-Aleppo desert: One operation left three civilians dead.