ISIS cells have attacked several trucks moving supplies and equipment for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in Syria’s central region.
The trucks were targeted by two separate attacks near the town of Uqayribat in the eastern countryside of Hama on June 15. According to ISIS news agency, Amaq, two trucks were destroyed in the first attack, while only one was destroyed in the second.
The terrorists used improvised explosive devices in both attacks. Amaq claimed that several Syrian service members were killed or wounded.
The attacks came as the SAA and its allies were stepping up their operations in the central Region. On June 15 and 16, Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 130 airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the region.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the SAA pushed fresh reinforcements to the central region recently.
“Military reinforcements of regime forces arrived in the eastern countryside of Hama … they also opened a headquarters in Uqayribat … and strengthened their presence in the village of al-Hadaj … due to its proximity to the outskirts of al-Salamiyah, and in order to secure a military corridor towards the desert and the Balas mountains,” the London-based monitoring group said in a report.
In the last two years, ISIS cells managed to expand their operations from the Homs desert to the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle and western Deir Ezzor.
Despite its limited success, the terrorist group is still facing much pressure from the SAA and its allies. SAA operations and Russian airstrikes inflicted heavy losses on the group’s cells in central Syria in the last few months.
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