Hundreds of civilians trapped in Hwyjet Katea’ in the Euphrates River live miserable humanitarian conditions, no party facilitates their access to a safe place • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Hundreds of civilians trapped in Hwyjet Katea’ in the Euphrates River live miserable humanitarian conditions, no party facilitates their access to a safe place

Hundreds of civilians in addition to members of the “Islamic State” organization are still present Hwyjet Katea’ located at the outskirts Deir Ezzor city, of who withdrew and fled from Deir Ezzor city as a result of the military operation carried out by the regime forces by which they were able to control the entire city, where civilians are suffering miserable humanitarian conditions where the organization clamp down on them and use them as human shields to cross into its controlled areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The civilian’s demand to secure them with an attempt to reach an agreement to transfer them to safe areas were objected, while the Organization demands to be transferred with the civilians, amid objection by the Syria Democratic Forces and demanding members of the Organization to hand themselves over, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 4th of November 2017 that hundreds of civilians are still stuck in Hawija Kate and their fate is still unknown, after they were forced to displace to this area, which is a river Island in the center of the Euphrates River. Reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the Syria Democratic Forces approved to allow these civilians to cross the river to the SDF-held areas, and preparations began to send boats to help these civilians to reach the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, however, the regime and Russian forces announced their refusal to the exit of civilians towards the SDF-held areas, and the Russian forces, stationed in Deir Ezzor, threatened targeting any boat moves to save the civilians stuck in Hawija Kate, where the regime forces tends to harass the civilians and ISIS members in Hawija Kate, waiting for the approval of the latter’s demand to move to the organization-held areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The SOHR published on Saturday the 4th of November that it was not enough for the regime forces to kill citizens during the past days, months and years, by targeting them in Deir Ezzor city and its countryside, under several pretexts fabricated by their media and loyalists, thus, these forces resumed to follow them by targeting them in the last place they reached near Deir Ezzor city, and the forces which came to “liberate the citizens” became the first to target them and they lasted till the end.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past 24 hours, that the regime forces resumed to target hundreds of citizens of who escaped to Hawija Katea “Katea Island”, which is located in the middle of the Euphrates River, and it is a river island, where the regime forces shelled the citizens who are in this area, and who are besieged by the Syria Democratic Forces – which are in the east of the Euphrates River – and the regime forces, as well as encircling the citizens by the members of the “Islamic State” organization who accompany the citizens, and who withdrew with the citizens from Deir Ezzor city to Hawija Katea, after the regime forces managed to impose their full control on Deir Ezzor city on the 2nd of November 2017.

And reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the “Islamic State” organization demands to allow the remaining members who accompany the citizens, with hundreds of citizens exist in Hawija Katea, to get out to its controlled areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and the regime forces converge with it in this demand, as they are also working on bringing the members of the organization and the citizens out, to the controlled areas of the organization, without allowing those who are in Hawija Katea to stay or return to their homes in the city recently, while the sources confirmed that the SDF inclusively agree to allow citizens to enter their controlled areas, on condition that the members of the “Islamic State” organization surrender to the SDF.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 2nd of November 2017, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them of Syrian, Arab and Asian nationalities; and under the command of the Brigadier Suhail al-Hassan aka the “Tiger”, and with a cover of Russian aerial bombardment, were able to achieve a strategic advancement represented by controlling the entire city of Deir Ezzor, in which the regime forces lost control of large areas of the city in the middle of July 2014, and the Syrian Observatory published that the regime forces assigned Brigadier Suhail Al-Hassan, known as the “Tiger”, to leads the military operations of ending the presence of the organization in the province of Deir Ezzor, on the 22nd of October 2017, to control the entire of Deir Ezzor city.