ISIS announced on March 6 that its cells had carried out a daring attack on a HQ of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of al-Shheell in southeastern Deir Ezzor.
During the attack, which took place late on March 5, the terrorists targeted the gates of the headquarters with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The ISIS news agency, Amaq, claimed that a fighter of the SDF was killed and two others were injured.
After attacking the gates, the terrorists ambushed reinforcements of the SDF. Heavy clashes broke out. According to Amaq, six SDF fighters were killed and six others were injured. A pickup truck was also destroyed by the terrorists.
Local sources in Deir Ezzor confirmed that the HQ of the SDF was attacked by ISIS cells. However, the number of casualties has not been verified yet.
Following the attack, a unit of the SDF stormed al-Shheell hospital. SDF fighters arrested seven of the hospital’s staff and broke many pieces of medical equipment. The fighters went on to burn one of the hospital’s vehicles and a nearby house.
عناصر من #قسد يتعدون بالضرب على كادر مشفى #الشحيل شرق #ديرالزور بدون أي مبررات وحرق العديد من الآليات وتخريب معدات في المشفى بعد تعرض نقاط لقسد في البلدة لهجوم من خلايا مجهولة. pic.twitter.com/8HDBAMT9ds
— ديرالزور24 (@DeirEzzor24) March 5, 2021
The Kurdish-led group is yet to provide an explanation to the assault on al-Shheell hospital, which was most likely a retaliation to ISIS attack.
Last month, the SDF carried out a large-scale operation against ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor. As proven by the terrorist group’s daring attack in al-Shheell, the operation did not change the security situation in the area.
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