The al-Quds Brigade announced on April 14 that it had lost ten personnel, including a senior commander, in a recent attack by ISIS cells in Deir Ezzor. The Palestinian group, which is supported by Russia, is fighting on the side of the Damascus government.
According to a statement by the group, the fighters were ambushed near the area of Bi’r Ali in the southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside. The group’s fighters were reportedly carrying out a combing operation in the area.
The al-Quds Brigade identified the senior commander who was killed in the ambush as Emad Zakaria Jammu, who was commanding the group’s rocket unit. Jammu is known for joining the so called “Fedayeen” in southern Lebanon in 1995. He participated in several military operations against the Israeli military during that period.
Last week, ISIS cells killed four fighters of the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) in a similar ambush in western Deir Ezzor. The attack, which was reportedly launched from the Homs desert, provoked a fierce response from the Russian Aerospace Forces, which bombed the terrorist group’s hideouts in the region.
The new attack on the al-Quds Brigade, will not likely go without a response. However, a military operation against the last ISIS strongholds in the Homs desert remains off the table, due to the rising tension around Idlib.