The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Attacking truffle pickers | Two civilians shot dead by ISIS members in western Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor province: SOHR sources have reported that two persons were killed in an armed attack by ISIS cells on a group of truffle pickers in Al-Masrab desert in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor in areas controlled by regime forces and Iranian-backed militias. The other truffle pickers of the attacked group managed to escape.


It is worth noting that truffle pickers find themselves exposed to attacks by ISIS cells which are active and numerous in the Syrian desert.


According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2024 has increased to 119; and they are as follows:


  • 17 ISIS members were killed by regime forces and their proxy militias.


  • 92 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 13 Iranian-backed Syrian militiamen, were killed in 42 operations by ISIS members, including ambushes, armed attacks, and explosions, in west Euphrates region and the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah, Homs.


  • Ten civilians, including a child, were killed in attacks by ISIS in the Syrian desert.


Here is a regional distribution of ISIS attacks:


-Deir Ezzor desert: 13 operations left 29 fatalities:


  • 25 combatants, including seven Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • Two ISIS members.


  • Two truffle pickers.


-Homs desert: 22 operations left 56 fatalities:


  • 43 combatants, including three Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • 12 ISIS members.


  • One civilian.


-Al-Raqqah desert: Three operations left 14 fatalities:


  • 11 combatants.


  • Three ISIS members.


-Hama desert: Three operations left 17 fatality:


  • Ten combatant.


  • Seven civilians, including a child.


-Aleppo: One operation left three Iranian-backed militiamen dead.