Government soldiers killed, injured in Syria’s Homs

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Monday, two soldiers of the Syrian government forces were killed, and three others were wounded in an armed attack which targeted their post in al-Sukhna Badia (desert), east of Homs city, central Syria.

A military source from the government forces said, “Unidentified gunmen infiltrated the guarding post of the government forces, on the outskirts of the al-Sukhna desert, prompting clashes to break out with machine guns, which lasted for about an hour.”

The attack resulted in the killing of a lieutenant and another officer, and the wounding of two soldiers who were transferred to Palmyra Military Hospital while they were in a critical condition, the source cited a doctor in the hospital as saying.

The source added that the attackers took advantage of the foggy weather, which completely obscured vision.

The Iranian-backed militias and the government forces control large areas of the Syrian Badia and the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, which witnesses activity by the Islamic State’s (ISIS) sleeper cells.

On Friday, media outlets close to ISIS published pictures of the terrorist group’s militants in the Syrian desert, swearing allegiance to the extremist organization’s new leader Abu al-Hassan al-Husseini al-Qurashi after the his predecessor, Abu Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, was killed in Daraa, south Syria.

Two days ago, three soldiers of the government forces were killed, and five others were wounded, in an armed attack which targeted a military vehicle in al-Masrab desert in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

Reporting by Omar Abdulrahman