On August 15, a unit of Liwa al-Quds, a pro-government Palestinian group, fell into an ambush set by ISIS terrorists in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.
The incident reportedly took place in the area of al-Khur, in the outskirts of the city of al-Mayadin, in the early morning hours.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, three fighters of Liwa al-Quds were killed in the ambush. Six other fighters were injured.
This was the second such ambush this week. On August 11, ISIS ambushed units of Liwa al-Quds and the Syrian Arab Army 4th Division near the town of al-Tabni in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor. Government forces sustained some material losses. A service member was also killed.
ISIS cells are likely launching these attacks from the Homs desert, which lays between western Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs.
In the last few months, government forces attempted to contain the terrorists within the Homs desert by carrying out a series of operations in eastern Homs, eastern Hama, southern Raqqa and western Deir Ezzor. These operations had limited success.
Government forces need to adopt a new, more active approach against ISIS terrorists in the Homs desert, which have become a serious threat.