المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Airstrikes target the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor and the clashes continue with shelling on the city

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: a man and his mother were shot dead in the road to Ziban town on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River. Local sources accused the Syria Democratic Forces of shooting them while they were trying to reach Ziban in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, while warplanes carried out raids targeting areas in a town in the countryside of al-Bokamal in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and other areas in the west of the Euphrates River in the same countryside, and preliminary information about wounded, while the clashes continue between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities against members of the “Islamic State” organization, in areas in Deir Ezzor city, in continuation of the operation of the regime forces which aims to control the rest of Deir Ezzor city, and end the existence the “Islamic State” organization, amid constant shelling by the regime forces on the “Islamic State” organization’s controlled areas, with exchange of targeting between both of them.

And the Syrian Observatory published hours ago that Clash continue at a violent pace in Deir Ezzor city, where the regime strives to end the presence the “Islamic State” organization in it by intensifying the military operations supported by its gunmen of Syrian, Arab and Asian nationalities, with the participation of Russian forces, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored violent and continuous clashes for the 4th consecutive day, which started on the 29th of October 2017, and they were the most violent in Deir Ezzor city since breaking the siege of the city on the 10th of September 2017.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the regime forces today achieving an important advancement represented by controlling al-Jabilah neighbourhood completely, where the organization used to control some of it, the regime forces were also able to control sites in its outskirts, such as al-Hizb housing  and the Public Park, and by this control the “Islamic State” organization is trapped in the neighborhoods of al-Ardi and Sheikh Yassin, large parts of Al-Hamidiyyeh neighborhood and parts of al-Hwiqa neighbourhood, where the regime forces constantly launched artillery and rocket shells on areas controlled by the organization in the city, along with raids by the Russian and regime’s warplanes on the areas itself, amid exchange of targeting between both parties.

This important advancement today was preceded by extensive advancement by the regime forces during the past 72 hours, where they controlled the neighborhoods of the Kanamat, al-Matar al-Qadim and the southern section al-Hamidiyah neighbourhood, which enabled the regime forces to expand their control within the city at the expense of the organization, and at the same time the organization is trying to repel the advancement of the regime by detonating booby trapped vehicles or intensifying its counterattacks, and the fall of casualties from the ranks of both parties continues.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented more casualties of both parties, where at least 36 members of the “Islamic State” organization were killed during the past 48 hours, and 12 members at least of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities were killed, raising to at least 101; the number of members of the “Islamic State” organization who were killed within 4 consecutive days of the heaviest clashes in the city, also it rose to 41 at least; the number of members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them who were killed in shelling, clashes, explosions and raids in Deir Ezzor city, also tens of others were injured.

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