Fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and ISIS cells are still taking place in the country’s central region.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed in a new report that these clashes claimed the lives of more than 100 Syrian soldiers and ISIS terrorists in the period from December 1 to December 19.
“64 regime soldiers and loyalists were killed in ambushes, explosions and clashes with ISIS in the Syrian desert. Also, ISIS lost 39 members in aerial and ground bombardment and clashes in the same period,” the monitoring group said. “The death toll is expected to rise further as there are several combatants injured, some seriously.”
The SOHR has documented the death of 1,084 pro-government fighters, including non Syrians [Lebanese, Iranian, Iraqis and Russians], and 601 ISIS terrorists in the central region since March 24, 2019.
In the last few weeks, ISIS terrorists launched a number of attacks from the Homs desert against government forces in eastern Homs, eastern Hama, southern Aleppo, southern Raqqa and western Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Arab Army and its allies conduct limited operations against ISIS cells in the central region on a regular basis. The Russian Aerospace Forces are supporting these operations.
Despite these efforts, the situation in the central region is not improving. The ISIS presence in the region grew significantly this year. More serious measures should be taken to address this threat before it is too late.
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