Syrian desert | Russian jets strike ISIS positions, as fierce battles continue

Syrian Observatory activists have monitored several Russian jets consecutively striking ISIS positions in the Syrian desert near Aleppo-Hama-Al-Raqqah triangle. The Russian airstrikes coincide with renewed battles between ISIS and regime forces.

On Tuesday, SOHR activists reported ongoing attack by ISIS members on regime positions in Al-Rasafah desert in Al-Raqqah countryside, near Aleppo-Hama Al-Raqqah triangle. Fierce clashes continued between both sides, amid intensive airstrikes by Russian jets since morning in an attempt to repel ISIS attack. Meanwhile, regime forces sent military reinforcement to the battle fronts.

On the other hand, SOHR activists documented many fatalities in the past 24 hours, as 13 regime soldiers and 15 ISIS members were killed in the ongoing clashes and aerial and ground bombardment.

Since the 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 759 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 140 Iranian-backed militiamen of non-Syrian nationalities. All were killed in attacks, bombings and ambushes by the “Islamic State”, west of Euphrates in the deserts of Deir Ezzor, Homs, and Al-Suwaidaa.

Also four civilians working in gas fields, 11 shepherds and four other people were killed and documented by SOHR in the same period, from late March 2019 until today. They were killed in attacks by ISIS cells. While 364 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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