Syrian desert | Over 100 regime soldiers and ISIS members killed in attrition battles since early December

Military operations are still underway in scattered areas of the Syrian desert, as ISIS tries to inflect heavy human and material losses on regime forces through ambushes, explosions and surprise attacks. These military operations are concentrated in Aleppo-Hama-Al-Raqqah triangle, while fighting subsides in the deserts of Al-Raqqah, Homs and Deir Ezzor.

On the other hand, regime forces are trying to put an end to ISIS escalating activities, with the help of Russian and regime fighter jets which daily execute tens of airstrikes on ISIS positions.

Syrian Observatory activists have documented large number of casualties on both sides since early December, as 64 regime soldiers and loyalists were killed in ambushes, explosions and clashes with ISIS in the Syrian desert. Also, ISIS lost 39 members in aerial and ground bombardment and clashes in the same period. The death toll is expected to rise further as there are several combatants injured, some seriously. SOHR activists also documented the death of a member of the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Since 24th of March 2019, SOHR has documented the killing of at least 1,084 regime soldiers and loyalists of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including at least two Russians, and 145 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 601 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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