IED claims lives of two government members in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Friday, two members of the Syrian government forces lost their lives while dismantling an IED near their military headquarters in a town east of Deir ez-Zor, east Syria.

Two members of the engineering team of the 4th Armored Division lost their lives while they were dismantling an IED that was planted on a route leads to their military headquarters in al-Taebah,  a town affiliated with the city of al-Mayadin in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, a military source of the division, said.

Residents, who were near the headquarters, informed the government members about the IED location, the source told North Press.

The IED exploded because there was a landmine planted under it that exploded when the team tried to move the IED, the source explained.

Iranian-backed militias and the Syrian government forces have been running vast swaths in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor since expelling the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) in 2017.

Two days ago, an IED exploded, targeting a military vehicle belonging to the Iranian-backed militias in the town of al-Abbas in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor. No human casualties were reported.

Reporting by Hatem Bashar