المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

About 40 days of ground and aerial shelling on the banks of the Euphrates River east of Deir Ezzor leave about 800 martyrs and injured citizens

Deir Ezzor province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:: shelling are still ongoing in areas east of the Euphrates, which is still under the control of ISIS, where 3 citizens were killed in shelling by warplanes on areas in Hajin town, locates east of the Euphrates. The shelling caused material damage to the citizens properties and left people injured, rising to 313 casualties including 85 children below the age of 18 and 45 women, whose death was 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 14th of December 2017, the date of ending the presence of ISIS west of the Euphrates,  due to the 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 202 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 50 citizens including 9 women and 8 children were killed in shelling by International Coalition’s warplanes, and 35 citizens including a 3 children and 3 women 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 473 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.

The fighting still ongoing between the SDF backed by the international coalition against ISIS members in areas east of the Euphrates, where the clashes are concentrated between both parties in areas in the village of Abu Hardob and other areas in Abu Hamam and Al-Kashkia towns, amid ongoing attempts by the SDF which leads “Al-Jazeera Storm” Operation Forces to fully control the eastern banks of the Euphrates River. The SOHR published yesterday that the SDF managed to control Al-Jarthi Al-Sharqi and Al-Jarthi Al-Gharbi and Swaidan Jazira within the past 24 hours.

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