BEIRUT | At least eleven members of the forces of the syrian regime were killed on Thursday in an attack by the group islamic State (EI) in a desert region of the country, said the syrian Observatory Human rights (OSDH).
The ambush targeted vehicles carrying army soldiers and fighters of militias allied between the city of Al-Soukhna, in the east of the province of Homs (center) and the Al-Choula in the south of the province of Deir Ezzor (east).
The Observatory also reported injured, some in serious condition.
The State media have not reported the attack, which has so far not been claimed.
It is the second large-scale attack carried out by the ARS against the regime in less than a month.
On 9 April, 27 fighters of the regime forces and its allies had perished in an attack of EI on the outskirts of the desert city of Al-Soukhna, controlled by the syrian army.
The OSDH also had reports of 22 deaths among the jihadists in clashes and bombings then in retaliation by the syrian army.
The city of Al-Soukhna and its surroundings have repeatedly been targeted by these attacks, including last October, according to the OSDH.
Since its defeat in Syria in march 2019, the ARS carries out regular deadly attacks, notably in the vast desert, which stretches from the province of Homs to Deir ez-zor, on the border with Iraq.
These attacks target both the syrian army and its allies (including the militias, iranian, or pro-Tehran) that forces the kurds, long supported by Washington in their anti-EI.
On Thursday, two combatants of the democratic forces in syria (FDS), dominated by the Kurds, have been killed in an ambush of the ARS in the village of Baghouz, in the east of Deir Ezzor.
After the self-proclaimed 2014 a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, the ARS has continued with the defeats in the two countries before being completely defeated last year.
In Syria, the group retains dormant cells in the desert and vindicate regular attacks, in addition to the armed confrontations to be direct.
The war in Syria began in 2011 has made more than 380 000 people dead and displaced several million people.