Violent clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS remnants had been taking place in the eastern Homs countryside over the past two days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on July 4.
According to the London-based monitoring group, 18 Syrian service members and 26 ISIS terrorists have been killed in the clashes, thus far.
“The number of fatalities [on both sides] may rise as some of the wounded are in a critical condition,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are reportedly providing Syrian troops in eastern Homs with close air support. ISIS’ positions there are being targeted on a daily basis.
On July 2, the SAA with VKS support repelled a major attack by ISIS cells on its positions in eastern Homs. The terrorist group, however, didn’t back down. The attack was resumed on the same day.
ISIS remnants in the Homs desert are suffering from limited resources. This seems to force them to launch new attacks in the hope of securing ammunition, food and medical supplies. However, these attacks deplete their capabilities even more.
The SOHR claimed that 588 service members of the army and its allies as well as 238 terrorists of ISIS had been killed in Eastern Homs since March 2019.