Deir Ezzor (Syria News) The confrontations of the Islamic State group against the Syrian regime forces over the last 18 days, west of the Euphrates River, left more than 180 casualties in the ranks of the both sides, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.
The London-based observatory revealed that the terrorist group wanted revenge for its significant defeat in Deir Ezzor Province, where it lost the control over the areas located west of the Euphrates River, in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
The Islamic State group carried out several attacks on the regime forces and their allied foreign militias, in the area located between al-Mayadin and Albukamal, east of Deir Ezzor, in order to weaken the control of regime forces and cause the largest possible human losses among their ranks.
Furthermore, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past 36 hours that attacks by the ISIS have escalated, using booby trapped vehicle, explosive belts and shells, on the headquarters of the regime forces in the city of al-Mayadin and other areas, west of the Euphrates River. The clashes left casualties among the ranks of the regime forces and their allied militias, and also among the ranks of the extremist group.
Since the 6th of December 2017, at least 152 members of the regime forces were killed, while 68 members at least of the ISIS were killed in these clashes and attacks. Areas located east of the Euphrates also witnessed during the same period shelling by the regime forces on the ISIS-held villages and towns, leaving several casualties, the observatory added.
Moreover, clashes took place in areas east of al-Sukhnah City, in the eastern countryside of Homs, and other areas at the administrative border between Deir Ezzor and Homs, between the Syrian regime forces and the Islamic State militia, while warplanes conducted several air strikes on areas east of the city.
It is noteworthy that nearly 3% of Syrian territory is still controlled by the Islamic State militia, including the southern part of the capital, Damascus, the eastern Desert of al-Sukhnah City, the northern countryside of Hama, 15 villages of Deir Ezzor Province and the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah.