Violent fighting in the east of Hama and ISIS continues its counter attacks and booby-traps • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Violent fighting in the east of Hama and ISIS continues its counter attacks and booby-traps

Violent clashes continue in the eastern countryside of Hama. The SOHR observed that ISIS continues to carry out counter attacks on positions of the regime forces in Uqayribat area and its surrounding villages, ‘Akareb Al-Safia area, and the Oil Line in the eastern countryside of Hama, where violent clashes are twking place between both parties. In addition, 3 new explosions were heard in the area and turned out to be caused by three booby-trapped cars that were blown up by ISIS, amid intensive shelling by the regime forces on areas of clashes and ISIS positions and an exchange of targeting between them. Meanwhile, warplanes are also shelling areas of clashes. Casualties were reported among the regime forces and their allied militiamen.

 

The SOHR published last night that military operations are still continuing in the eastern countryside of Hama, between ISIS on one hand, and the regime forces and their allied militiamen, of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, on the other. Clashes were concentrated in Hamada Omar area, amid continued counter attacks carried out by ISIS on the area, accompanied by blowing up booby-trapped vehicles. The SOHR learned that ISIS managed to regain control over Hamada Omar village hours after it lost control of it to the regime forces. As a result, clashes moved to the western outskirts of Uqayribat town in an attempt by ISIS to regain control over the town. Violent clashes are accompanied by continuous intensive aerial and rocket shelling on areas of clashes. Clashes, aerial and rocket shelling and booby traps bombings resulted in increasing the number of casualties at both sides. On one hand, the number of ISIS members who were killed and documented by the SOHR since Saturday morning, the 3rd of September 2017, has increased to 134 at least including five suicide bombers. On the other hand, the number of members of the regime forces and their allied militiamen who were killed over the same period, has increased to 43 at least.

 

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