Three ISIS members killed in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Sunday, three members of ISIS were killed in a joint patrol of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Global Coalition forces, in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

Special units of the SDF, supported by Global Coalition air cover, carried out an airborne operation near the banks of the Euphrates in al-Shabaka neighborhood in the center of al-Shuhail town, targeting a house where members of ISIS were gathering, a military source from the SDF said.

ISIS members resisted the patrol with machine guns, and the clashes lasted for about half an hour, resulting in the killing of three ISIS members, the source, who is in the town of al-Shuhail, 40 kilometers east of Deir ez-Zor, added.

Eyewitnesses from the town indicated that ISIS members are not from the town, and they have not been recognized.

Meanwhile, a civilian was killed on Sunday, and a leader of the SDF was wounded on Saturday, by unidentified gunmen east of Deir ez-Zor.

“Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at 32-year-old Hassan al-Jarrad near the primitive oil refinery in the outskirts of the town, killing him instantly,” a source from the town of Suwaidan, 70 kilometers east of Deir ez-Zor, told North Press.

Al-Jarrad was from the town of Subikhan, 60 kilometers east of Deir ez-Zor, which is controlled by the government forces. He was a civilian and is not involved in any political or military faction, the source added.

On Saturday, a leader of the SDF was wounded by unidentified gunmen in the town of Abu Hamam, 80 km east of Deir Ez-Zor.

The leader Abdul Karim al-Juday’ was shot by unidentified gunmen as he was leaving his house and heading to his workplace, sustaining two bullets to the legs, a military source from SDF told North Press.

Al-Juday’ was transferred to al-Nour Hospital in the town of Abu Hamam, and he is in “good health,” according to a doctor in the hospital.

The eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor is witnessing widespread assassinations of members of the SDF, employees of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, tribal notables and residents in the area.

Reporting by Muhammad Ali