The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Exploiting inflow of buses of Shia pilgrims from Iraq | Iranian militias bring in military and logistic equipment and fighters to Deir Ezzor anf transfer them to Damascus

Deir Ezzor province: Areas controlled by Iranian-backed militias and regime forces in Deir Ezzor province in western areas of Euphrates, are witnessing intense and suspicious movements of the militias which started 72 hours ago. These movements represented in transporting weapons, ammunitions and members from Deir Ezzor to the vicinity of the capital Damascus, in addition to western Rif Dimashq.
According to SOHR sources, the militias exploit the inflow of the buses of Shia pilgrims from Iraqi lands to Al-Saydah Zaynab, through Al-Bokamal, to practice their beliefs, especially in the last ten days of the month of Zul Hijjah, where military and logistic equipment was brought in through civil buses among the pilgrims to ensure not being targeted and not making any suspicions. Furthermore, Lebanese Hezbollah militia and IRGC sent their members and leaders to the vicinity of Damascus for unknown reasons and they were sent in three buses intended for Shia visitors.
In addition to the above, militias’ sites in Deir Ezzor are witnessing massive security mobilization, amid increased guarding and intensive patrols in the region.
On June 12, SOHR reported that the Iranian-backed militias brought in, today, military reinforcement of weapons and militiamen on motorcycles to replace other militiamen deployed at the military checkpoints in Al-Mayadeen city, the “capital of Iranian militias” in east Deir Ezzor countryside.
The reinforcement was brought from Hatlah town to Al-Salehyah area near Al-Mayadeen city.
In this context, SOHR sources have reported that Al-Mayadeen city in east Deir Ezzor countryside, witnessed deployment of members of Military Intelligence service and the National Defence Forces near Al-Masrf roundabout, where they were redeployed many times in Al-Masrf roundabout and Baetshardaq area, amid a state of high alert in the city.