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US News Syria: fighting between IS and regime forces leaves dozens dead

05:05  05 july  2020
05:05  05 july  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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It said the fighting left 21 troops and 13 Horas al-Din members dead . The fighting was among the worst since early March, when an agreement between Turkey and Russia halted the Syrian government's three-month air and ground campaign into rebel-held northwestern Idlib province.

The documents described the fighters as a “pro- regime force ,” loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . From their outpost, the commandos watched the mercenaries and Syrian fighters return to collect their dead . Russian government forces in Syria maintain they were not involved in the battle.

Les combats se sont déroulés près de Soukhna, dans le désert du centre du pays. (Illustration) © AFP / Stringer The fighting took place near Sukhna, in the desert in the center of the country. (Illustration)

The conflict is still raging in central Syria. Clashes between the forces of the Syrian regime and the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group have killed around 50 people in 48 hours in the desert center of the country at war, an NGO reported on Saturday.

In the province of Homs, in the center of the country, the fighting and airstrikes of the Russian air force, which intervenes in support of the power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have killed 20 pro-regime fighters and 31 jihadists, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH). A previous assessment reported about forty deaths.

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"The fighting was started on the night of Thursday to Friday with a jihadist assault on regime positions" near the locality of Sukhna, in the central Syrian desert, according to the director of the OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahmane.

Regular attacks

Since its defeat in Syria in March 2019, IS has regularly carried out deadly attacks, especially in the vast desert stretching from the central province of Homs to that of Deir Ezzor, in the east of the country .

In mid-May, the OSDH accused ISIS of having shot 11 people in two days, mainly regime fighters, on a desert road in the east of the country.

The jihadist attacks in Syria target both the Syrian army and its allies as well as the Kurdish forces, long supported by Washington in their fight against IS.

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Rout for IS

After having self-proclaimed in 2014 a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq, IS has chained defeats in both countries before being routed.

The war in Syria, launched in 2011 with the suppression of pro-democracy demonstrations by Damascus, has killed more than 380,000 people.

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It has gradually turned into a complex conflict involving a multitude of belligerents, including jihadist groups and foreign powers.

In Syria, humanitarian aid suspended at the good will of Moscow and Beijing .
© DELIL SOULEIMAN A shipment of Russian humanitarian aid near the border between Syria and Turkey, on June 16. On Tuesday evening, Russia and China vetoed a renewal of the device allowing UN agencies to deliver food and medical aid to regions that are beyond the control of the Al-Assad regime. Some 4 million Syrians, most of them refugees in the northwest of their country, see the international food and medical aid on which they depend threatened by the hands of ambassadors raised in New York.

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