The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Likely to belong to “ISIS” cells | Six shepherds killed in attack by gunmen on village in eastern countryside of Homs

Homs province: Unknown gunmen, likely to belong to ISIS cells, launched a surprise attack on shepherds in Abu Al-Alya village, south-east of Jubb Al-Haraj in the eastern countryside of Homs, and randomly shot the shepherds, leading to the death of six, and the injury of others, where they were taken to Al-Basel Hospital in Al-Zahraa neighbourhood for treatment, while the attackers fled to an unknown destination.
The Syrian desert is witnessing a widespread proliferation of “ISIS” cells and gunmen loyal to the Iranian militias, from which attacks and surprise operations against civilians and soldiers are launched.
According to SOHR statistics, the number of fatalities in military operations in the Syrian desert since early 2024 has increased to 390; and they are as follows:
* 27 ISIS members were killed by regime forces and their proxy militias.
* 320 members of regime forces and their proxy militias, including 33 Iranian-backed Syrian militiamen, were killed in 131 operations by ISIS members, including ambushes, armed attacks, and explosions, in west Euphrates region and the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Al-Raqqah, Homs.
* 43 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: 46 operations left 125 fatalities:
* 99 combatants, including 12 Iranian-backed militiamen.
* Eight ISIS members.
* 18 civilians, including 17 truffle pickers, among them there was a woman.
-Homs desert: 61 operations left 176 fatalities:
* 144 combatants, including 15 Iranian-backed militiamen.
* 16 ISIS members.
* 16 civilians, including two truffle pickers.
-Al-Raqqah desert: 16 operations left 45 fatalities:
* 40 combatants, including two Iranian-backed militiamen.
* Three ISIS members.
* Two civilian truffle pickers.
-Hama desert: Nine operations left 38 fatalities:
* 31 combatants, including an Iranian-backed militiaman.
* Seven civilians, including a child.
-Aleppo: Two operations left five combatants, including three Iranian-backed militiamen, dead.