The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

IS*IS resurgence | Gu*nmen attack positions of the regime and National Defence in Al-Bokamal Desert

ISIS cells attacked positions of the regime forces in Al-Bokamal Desert in Deir Ezzor countryside near borders between Syria and Iraq.

Violent clashes erupted between regime forces and National Defence on one hand and ISIS cells on the other hand in the vicinity of the second station “T2” (Al-Kam). However, no casualties were reported.

According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2023 has increased to 557; and they are as follows:
• 44 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.
• 348 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 43 Iranian-backed Syrian and non-Syrian militiamen, were killed in 147 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: 53 operations left 236 fatalities:
• 134 combatants, including 16 Iranian-backed militias.
• 89 civilians, including a woman.
• 13 ISIS members.
-Al-Raqqah desert: 13 operations left 39 fatalities:
• 35 combatants.
• Three ISIS members.
• One civilian.
-Deir Ezzor desert: 58 operations which left 168 fatalities:
• 134 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