Warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the area of Kiribat al-Hosn in the Damascus desert on February 13, according to the al-Suwayda 24 blog.
The Syria-based blog said that the terrorist group has increased its activity in the desert, especially near the border with the northern al-Suwayda countryside. Some locals even told the blog that they had seen movements of ISIS cells inside the territory of al-Suwayda.
Last week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ambushed a group of 6 ISIS fighters in the Damascus desert. Sources in the 1st Division said that the group was conducting a reconnaissance operation and warned from a near attack on the northern al-Suwayda countryside.
Hundreds of ISIS fighters and commanders are currently hiding in the desert. Most of those terrorists are highly-experienced, well-armed and willing to fight until death.
In July 2018, ISIS launched a large-scale attack on several towns in the northern al-Suwayda countryside. During the attack, more than 250 people were killed and 30 others were abducted. After months of clashes, the SAA secured the northern countryside and freed the hostages.