The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Sneak attack | Civilian kil*led and another injured by IS*IS cells in the Syrian Desert

Gunmen of ISIS cells from the Syrian Desert attacked a group of shepherds in Jazl Wady Al-Masik area, killed a shepherd, kidnapped others and stole more than 1,000 sheep in Homs Desert, before fleeing to an unknown destination.

According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2023 has increased to 534; and they are as follows:
• 31 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.
• 338 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 43 Iranian-backed Syrian and non-Syrian militiamen, were killed in 140 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.
• 165 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: 51 operations left 224 fatalities:
• 128 combatants, including 16 Iranian-backed militias.
• 89 civilians, including a woman.
• Seven ISIS members.
-Al-Raqqah desert: 13 operations left 39 fatalities:
• 35 combatants.
• Three ISIS members.
• One civilian.
-Deir Ezzor desert: 54 operations which left 160 fatalities:
• 130 combatants, including 22 Iranian-backed militias.
• 14 ISIS members.
• 19 civilians.
-Hama desert: 18 operations which left 97 fatalities:
• 53 civilians.
• 37 combatants, including five Iranian-backed militiamen.
• Seven ISIS members.
-Aleppo desert: Four operations left five combatants, including two members of the 25th Division, and three civilians dead.
-Al-Suwaidaa desert: One operation left three combatants dead.