Gunmen attack SDF posts in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, one claimed by ISIS

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – Unidentified armed individuals carried out on Friday night several attacks against posts of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, eastern Syria. Meanwhile, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for one of them.

A military source in the SDF told North Press that unknown gunmen launched a rocket on a checkpoint near the entrance to the village of Hawaij in the east of Deir ez-Zor, causing material damage.

The source pointed out another attack with machine guns and an RPG targeted an SDF checkpoint near the entrance to the town of Abu Hamam in the east of Deir ez-Zor without resulting in casualties or damage.

Additionally, SDF fighters in posts on the Euphrates River in the towns of Diban and Abu Hamam clashed with unknown attackers. The clashes did not result in casualties among the SDF, according to the source.

Meanwhile media outlets linked to ISIS released a statement where the group claimed responsibility for a grenade attack on an SDF post near the village of Sa’wa in the northwest of Deir ez-Zor. The group claimed the attack killed one SDF fighter.

Unidentified gunmen, most likely affiliated with the Syrian government forces and ISIS, regularly attack SDF checkpoints and personnel in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

On Saturday, a leader in the SDF told North Press an armed group affiliated with the government forces attacked a post in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, killing five SDF fighters.

By Omar Abdurrahman