On June 3, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled an attack of ISIS on their positions east of the town of Hasrat along the western bank of the Euphrates River in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Reportedly, the SAA killed and injured most of ISIS fighters who participated in the attack.
Later, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria revealed that ISIS fighters had launched their attack from the town of al- Shaafah on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River and had used small boats to cross the river. A military source also confirmed to SouthFront that ISIS fighters crossed the Euphrates River successfully and managed to capture several positions before they were detected by the SAA and its allies.
Al-Shaafah, which is located south of the town of Hajin, is supposedly besieged by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). This fact allowed many Syrian pro-government activists to suggest that US-backed forces facilitated the attack on the western bank of the Euphrates River.
According to local observers, ISIS was trying to open a route which would have allowed its besieged fighters along the eastern bank of the Euphrates to withdraw towards the Homs desert in central Syria.