Seven members of the pro-government al-Quds Brigade, including a field commander, were killed in an ambush by ISIS in southern Deir Ezzor, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The ambush took place on December 2 on the road between the town of al-Mayadin and Faydat Ibn Muina, a small oasis located in western Deir Ezzor.
“Russian jets carried out more than 40 airstrikes today targeting the positions and fortifications of Islamic State members in the Syrian desert within the administrative borders of Homs, Hama, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor provinces,” the SOHR said in its report. “No casualties have been reported so far.”
Last week, the al-Quds Brigade, a Palestinian factions that has been supporting the Damascus government since 2013 and the National Defense Forces kicked off a combing operation in southern and western Deir Ezzor.
This year, ISIS terrorists have launched dozens of attacks on Syrian government forces from their stronghold in the heart of Syria, the Homs desert.
On November 28, ISIS ambushed a convoy of the Syrian Arab Army in eastern Homs. At least 20 soldiers were killed as a result of the attack. A number of vehicles, including battle tanks, were also destroyed by the terrorists.
Syrian government forces and their allies have so far failed to contain ISIS’ growing threat in the central region. A large-scale military operation deep within the Homs desert appears to be needed.
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