The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has lost contact with one of its units in eastern Homs where a fierce battle with ISIS remnants is taking place, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on July 4.
The army’s unit, which consisted of 25 service members, allegedly went missing while they were engaged in heavy clashes with the terrorist group. These claims are yet to be confirmed.
The ongoing battle in eastern Homs started with an attack by ISIS cells on SAA positions there on July 2. The Russian Aerospace Forces are reportedly providing army troops in the region with air support.
According to the SOHR, two Syrian service members and five terrorists of ISIS were killed in eastern Homs late on July 4.
“The death toll of regime forces and the militants loyal to them reached 20, while the death toll of the organization [ISIS] members is 31 … The number of those killed may rise as many of the wounded [on both sides] are in a critical condition,” the monitoring group said in its report.
Hundreds of ISIS fighters and commanders are now taking shelter in Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and wester Deir Ezzor.
The terrorists likely launched their attack in an attempt to capture additional resources that would help them survive during the summer. Now, they are being depleted.