The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Death toll update | 32 members of regime forces and “Liwaa Al-Quds” killed in two separate attacks by ISIS cells in Syrian desert

SOHR activists have reported that the number of combatants who were killed in the violent attack which was carried out by ISIS cells with heavy and medium weapons on a regime military bus in an area near Al-Taybah village in the eastern countryside of Homs on April 18, has increased to 26: 19 members of the Russian-backed “Liwaa Al-Quds” and seven regime soldiers.


On that day, ISIS cells carried out another attack targeting regime headquarters in Hasarat village in Al-Bokamal countryside in eastern Deir Ezzor, killing six regime soldiers and capturing two others.


According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2024 has increased to 333; and they are as follows:


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


  • 272 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 25 Iranian-backed 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.


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


Here is a regional distribution of ISIS attacks:


-Deir Ezzor desert: 42 operations left 110 fatalities:


  • 87 combatants, including seven Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • Five ISIS members.


  • 18 civilians, including 17 truffle pickers, among them there was a woman.


-Homs desert: 51 operations left 141 fatalities:


  • 115 combatants, including 12 Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • 16 ISIS members.


  • Ten civilians, including two truffle pickers.


-Al-Raqqah desert: 14 operations left 41 fatalities:


  • 35 combatants, including two Iranian-backed militiamen.


  • Three ISIS members.


  • Three civilian truffle pickers.


-Hama desert: Eight operations left 37 fatality:


  • 30 combatant, including an Iranian-backed militiaman.


  • Seven civilians, including a child.


-Aleppo: Two operations left five combatants, including three Iranian-backed militiamen, dead.