المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

With the continuation of military operations east of Euphrates River, the media of the regime, Russia and their loyal media spread false news about controlling the entire both banks of Euphrates

The regime forces supported by their loyal gunmen of Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Iranian, Afghan and Palestinian nationalities have ended their operations on Wednesday, the 6th of December 2017 west of Euphrates River, by controlling the last remaining pocket of the “Islamic State” organization west of Bokamal city; with a cover of artillery and rocket shelling by the regime forces and aerial bombardment by the regime warplanes as well as the Russians’, while the Syria Democratic Forces are still carrying out their operations east of Euphrates River, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring the violent clashes in the towns of Abu Hamam and al-Kashkiyyeh; between members of the Syria Democratic Forces supported by warplanes of the International Coalition and the recently-joined Russian warplanes to support “Jazeera Storm” Operation east of the Euphrates, against members of the “Islamic State” organization, in an attempt by the Syria Democratic Forces to control the entire villages and towns remaining east of Euphrates River.

These clashes come in conjunction with the completely-false news broadcast by regime’s media, its pro media and the Russian media, about ending the existence of the “Islamic State” organization on the entire both banks of the Euphrates River, where 18 towns and villages are still under the control the “Islamic State” organization stretching from Darnaj village to the Syrian-Iraqi border along the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, which are the villages and towns of Darnaj, Swidan Jazira, al-Jerthi, Abu Hardoub, al-Kashkiyyeh, Abu Hamam, Gharanij, Hadlah, al-Bahra, Hajin, Abu al-Khatir, Abu al-Hasan, Shafa, Susah, al-Marashdah, al-Shajla , al-Kashkiyyeh and al-Baghuz, the amount of control the “Islamic State” organization has in Deir Ezzor Province is about 8% of the province’s area, of which the Syria Democratic Forces are trying to control, also there is still an area in the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is connected with what is left for the organization in the southern countryside of Al-Hasaka Province.

The Syrian Observatory published in the morning of today Wednesday that after the Russian warplanes and forces backed the military operation of the regime forces and their allied in the west of the Euphrates River, which ended today by taking the control over the entire west of the Euphrates by the later, after they took the control of ISIS last pocket remaining west of Al-Bokamal city, the Russian forces and their warplanes turned to support the military operation of the Syria Democratic Forces backed by the International Coalition, to take the control of the last 18 towns and villages located in the east of the Euphrates River, in an area stretched from Darnaj area to the Syrian – Iraqi border, and this Russian support to the forces of “Al-Jazeera Storm” Operation was clear, through targeting several areas in the east of the Euphrates, the last one was what the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored of targeting the town of Al-Jerthi Al-Gharbi, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, during the last night, which caused a massacre killed 24 citizens including 10 children and 4 women at least, and injured about many others with varying severity, and the death toll is expected to increase due to the presence of injured cases in serious conditions.

Thus, the death toll has increased to 269 casualties including 75 children below the age of eighteen and 46 women, whose death has been documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights since the 8th of November 2017, the date of starting the first control on Al-Bokamal city, until today the 6th of December 2017, the date of ending the presence of the organization in the west of the Euphrates, in shelling by the regime forces and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, airstrikes by Russian and regime warplanes, airstrikes by the International Coalition’s warplanes. The martyrs are 198 citizen including 59 children and 37 women, who were killed in airstrikes by Russian and regime warplanes on villages and towns and cities of the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and 26 citizens including 15 children and 5 women, who were killed in shelling, the sources said its source was the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, and 27 citizens including 3 women were killed in shelling by International Coalition’s warplanes, and 18 citizens including a child and a woman who were killed in shelling by the regime forces by artillery and missiles shells on areas in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and the artillery, missile and aerial shelling targeted villages, cities and towns of Abu Hamam, al-Kashkiyyeh, Darnaj, Al-Bokamal, Marashdah, Sha’afah, Sbikhan, Al-Abbas, Al-Baghuz, Al-Siyyal, Hasrat, Al-Ghira, Hajin, and other areas on the banks of the Euphrates River, and the camps of Souh Al-Rifai, Al-Sukkariya, and gathering of civilians near water crossing between both banks, while the aerial and ground shelling left about 436 others injured with different severity, including tens of children and women, and some of the injured suffered imputations and permanent disabilities, while there is number of the missing, whose fate is still unknown, and some of the injured are still in serious conditions, which may increase the death toll.

A high-resolution map link of the conflicting forces’ power distribution within Deir Ezzor Province:

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