The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Amid Russian airstrikes | Two members of NDF killed during armed clashes with ISIS members in Al-Sukhnah desert

Homs province: Two members of National Defence Forces were killed due to armed clashes erupted between members of National Defense Forces and ISIS members in Al-Sukhnah desert in Homs countryside.
This coincided with airstrikes executed by Russian fighter jets on Al-Sukhnah desert, but 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 571 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.
• 362 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 47 Iranian-backed Syrian and non-Syrian militiamen, were killed in 149 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: 55 operations left 249 fatalities:
• 140 combatants, including 20 Iranian-backed militias.
• 89 civilians, including a woman.
• 20 ISIS members.
-Al-Raqqah desert: 13 operations left 39 fatalities:
• 35 combatants.
• Three ISIS members.
• One civilian.
-Deir Ezzor desert: 59 operations which left 175 fatalities:
• 142 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