The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Old ordnance | Landmine explosion kills regime soldier in Homs desert

Homs province: A regime soldier was killed today due to the explosion of an old landmine in Homs desert.
It is worth noting that the dead soldier hailed from Al-Swaye’ayah village in Al-Bokamal countryside, and he had arrested for unknown reasons on Al-Banoramah checkpoint in Deir Ezzor city.

According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2023 has increased to 452; and they are as follows:
• 27 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.
• 265 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 37 Iranian-backed Syrian and non-Syrian militiamen, were killed in 117 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.
• 160 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: 40 operations left 170 fatalities:
• 77 combatants, including 12 Iranian-backed militias.
• 88 civilians, including a woman.
• Five ISIS members.
-Al-Raqqah desert: 11 operations left 33 fatalities:
• 29 combatants.
• Three ISIS members.
• One civilian.
-Deir Ezzor desert: 47 operations which left 143 fatalities:
• 120 combatants, including 20 Iranian-backed militias.
• Seven ISIS members.
• 16 civilians.
-Hama desert: 16 operations which left 90 fatalities:
• 49 civilians.
• 36 combatants, including five Iranian-backed militiamen.
• Five ISIS members.
-Aleppo desert: Three operations left three combatants, including two members of the 25th Division, and three civilians dead.