Dozens of pro-government fighters and ISIS terrorists were killed, injured or went missing after a series of heavy clashes in western and southern Deir Ezzor, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 29.
The clashes erupted earlier this week when pro-government groups, led by the National Defense Forces, launched a new combing operation in Deir Ezzor countryside.
ISIS terrorists responded by carrying out a series of attacks on government forces in the western and southern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
“As a result of these operations, and within a single week, at least 48 [fighters] of regime forces and allied militias, including officers and commanders, were killed, in addition, dozens were wounded, Furthermore, contact was lost with more than 50 personnel during the combing operation in the Syrian Badia, 22 ISIS militants were also killed in the Russian air strikes and clashes,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The SOHR may have exaggerated the real number of losses on both sides as no such losses were reported by any other source.
ISIS terrorists are launching their attacks in Deir Ezzor from the nearby Homs desert, which has become their main stronghold in Syria.
The repeated operations in Deir Ezzor are inflicting losses on ISIS terrorists. Nevertheless, the group is reportedly receiving support from U.S.-backed fighters in al-Tanaf, which is allowing it to survive.