30 dead and injured in a targeting of a gathering of the regime’s allied militiamen in the far east of Homs dessert and in a counter attack
The SOHR learned from several reliable sources that a violent explosion rocked Hmyma area, located at the far east of Homs dessert, at the administrative borders with Deir Ezzor Province. The explosion was caused by an ISIS booby-trapped car that targeted a gathering of the regime’s allied militiamen, of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities. The explosion was followed by a violent counter attack carried out by ISIS on positions of the regime forces and their allied militiamen, of Syrian, Lebanese, Asian and Iranian nationalities. Cross-sources confirmed that about 30 elements, the majority of whom are non-Syrians, were killed and injured in this explosion and in the clashes that followed. Casualties among ISIS were also reported and there is some preliminary information to the effect that ISIS managed to pull some of their bodies from the area.
The SOHR published on the 27th of June 2017 that the regime forces managed to make considerable progress at certain points in the Syrian Desert and to regain control over new areas they had lost in the previous months and years. Thus, the regime forces now control the area extending from Arak fields and Palmyra- Al-Sukhnah road to the Syrian-Iraqi borders and to the south of T2 Station inside the administrative borders of Deir Ezzor Province, through the areas of the 3rd Station, Hmyma, Al-Dli’aat, Al-Sultaniyyeh and Al-Wa’er valley and Dam, approximately 3500 square km of the area of the Syrian desert of which the regime managed to take control in 3 days.
The SOHR also published on the 26th of June that the regime forces managed to achieve an advancement in new areas in the Syrian Desert, and controlled al-Dli’aat area and Hmyma area, which enabled them to reduce the size of areas controlled by the “Islamic State” organization in the Syrian Desert and force it to withdraw from several areas under an intense shelling and bombing by the regime forces and their allied militiamen and warplanes, where the clashes caused more casualties in the ranks of both parties.