Dozens killed as Daesh targets refugee camp in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr
Dozens of people have been killed in a Daesh bombing attack on a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr, says a UK-based monitoring group.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday, the Daesh car bomb went off at the camp, which is located near Conoco and Jafra energy fields.
“The Daesh group targeted with a car bomb displaced people on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, killing dozens and wounding dozens of others,” said observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
He noted that the exact death toll from the blast is yet to be announced.
Rahman added that most of the victims were people who had fled regions where the US-backed Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance is engaged in anti-Daesh operations.
The Syrian army troops have captured about 100 kilometers of the west bank of the Euphrates and crossed to the eastern side of the river.
SDF militants who consist of Syrian Kurds have taken advantage of the momentum created in the army’s breach of Daesh defense lines to advance on the eastern bank of the Euphrates with US support.
The convergence of the two rival operations has increased tensions in Dayr al-Zawr and raised the possibility of first major confrontation between them.
The US is helping the militants establish self-ruled zones in the territories close to the Turkish border similar to those in neighboring Iraq, far from the Syrian government control.