On June 30, ISIS fighters attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies north of the city of al-Bukamal in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The pro-opposition monitoring group said that heavy clashes between ISIS and the SAA is currently taking place in the village of Doueir north of al-Bukamal. Several fighters of ISIS and the SAA were reported killed as a result of these clashes.
During the last three days, ISIS fighters shelled several positions of the SAA north of al-Bukamal, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. Furthermore, the terrorist group announced that its snipers killed a soldier of the SAA in the village of al-Sukariyah on June 30.
The attack was likely launched from ISIS positions on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River as the SAA secured the desert around al-Bukamal on June 27. Earlier this month, ISIS launched two similar attacks from the eastern bank, which is the zone of responsibility of the US-led coalition and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The artillery and rocket launchers of the SAA and its allies will likely shell the remaining positions of the terrorist group on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in response to this attack.