المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After an attack in its south-eastern desert… groups of ISIS manage to kill 26 members of the regime forces and their allies in the west of the Euphrates

Deir Ezzor Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that 26 members at least of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities were killed, as well as the death of 9 members at least of the “Islamic State” organization, during clashes between the both parties yesterday, in Al-Mayadin Desert in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where Al-Mayadin Desert witnessed violent clashes yesterday, Saturday the 24th of March 2018, between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities against the members of the “Islamic State” organization, in areas in the desert, amid exchange of targeting in the clash areas between the both parties, and the fighting was accompanied by the sound of a violent explosion caused by detonating a booby trapped vehicle by the organization, during an attack on members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them in the area located west of Euphrates River, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the organization took advantage of a dust storm that took place in the area to carry out this attack against the regime forces; in order to inflict the largest possible number of casualties.

And Dir Ezzor countryside witnessed clashes that have been taking place since the 17th of March 2018, as a result of a violent attack by the “Islamic State” organization on the area, where they managed to achieve advancement represented by taking the control of the Second Station “T2”, in the far south-eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored violent clashes taking place between the regime forces backed by armed militiamen loyal to them of Syrian, Arab and Asian nationalities against the members of the “Islamic State” organization, in areas in the vicinity of the Station, as a part of the effort of the regime forces to regain the control of this Station, while confirmed information received about the death of more members in the ranks of the both parties during these clashes after more than 14 members of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them where killed during the attack of the organization and its control over the Station. It is noteworthy that the Station subjected to violent attacks earlier, by groups of the members of the “Islamic State” organization aiming to cause human losses in the ranks of the regime forces and scatter them, where the SOHR published few months ago, that although the presence of the organization in the west of the Euphrates River ended on the 6th of December 2017, groups of its fighters meant to confuse the regime and its allies, by carrying out infiltrations and surprising attacks, within Deir Ezzor desert and the vicinity of Hmimeh area in the far of the north-eastern countryside of Homs, in conjunction with the attacks on areas in the eastern desert of Al-Sukhnah and attacks in other areas near the presence of the members of the organization who carry out these attacks in order to emphasize the strength of the organization and express its ability to carry out attacks and initiate them, and to result in the fall of the largest possible number of human losses in the ranks of the regime forces and their allies of non-Syrian nationalities.

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