On July 25, the death toll of the terrorist attacks in the southeastern governorate of al-Suwayda has risen to 147, according to RT TV. The Russian news TV channel added that more than 200 other were injured in the attacks, which were carried out by ISIS cells.
Initial reports indicate that ISIS fighters committed a massacre after capturing the villages of Shbeiki, Shureihi, Rami and Duma, which were once again liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) within then next few hours. The vast majority of the victims were women and children, according to local sources.
So far, hundreds of locals in al-Suwayda have taken up arms and joined the SAA on the front lines to fight the terrorist group. Furthermore, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) began conducting airstrikes on ISIS’ positions in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.
The SAA and the local volunteers may launch a large scale military operation to eliminate the remaining cells of the terrorist group in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside in the upcoming days. The Russian Aerospace Force will likely support such an operation.