16 Syrian government soldiers killed by ISIS in Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, a leader and 15 other members of Syrian government forces were killed in an armed clash with the Islamic State organization (ISIS) in the Masrab Badia, west of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

ISIS attacked a military vehicle of the National Defense Forces (NDF) of the Syrian government near the main road in the town of al-Masrab, with machine guns, and killed 16 members, including a senior leader, North Press reported a military source from the government forces in Deir ez-Zor.

“Among the dead was Abdussattar al-Sha’eiti, commander of the Lions of the East Army (Arabic: Usud al-Sharqiya) of the government forces, who came from the town of al-Kishkiyah in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor,” the source, who declined to be named, added.

After the attack, the government forces brought in large reinforcements to the place of the incident to comb the area after ISIS militants fled into the depths of the desert.

It should be noted that the Iranian-backed militias and the government forces control large areas of the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, which have recently witnessed heavy clashes with ISIS.

This morning, a member of the Iranian-backed Liwa al-Baqir was killed and another was wounded, as a result of a dispute between them, near the entrance to the city of Deir ez-Zor.

Reporting by Omar Abdurrahman