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Syria in Past 24 Hours: ISIL Executes over 700 Inmates in Eastern Euphrates

The ISIL executed hundreds of its prisoners in regions still occupied by the terrorist group in Eastern Euphrates in the past two months, media outlets disclosed in the last 24 hours.

Homs, Deir Ezzur

The London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted the local population in Eastern Syria as reporting on Wednesday that the ISIL has secretly executed over 700 defected members who had been in prison on different charges.

It added that the execution operations were carried out at ISIL bases and detention centers in the towns of al-Sha’afah, al-Souseh and Baqouz and a number of villages in Eastern Euphrates, noting that tens of other people have fled the regions occupied by the terrorist group.

According to the report, the ISIL has also transferred nearly 350 to 400 of its prisoners to Badiyeh (desert) region in Homs and Deir Ezzur.

Also on Wednesday, tribal people in Eastern Deir Ezzur staged a vast demonstration against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), protesting against their brutalities, including hording fuel.

Tens of people in the small town of al-Shoheil in Eastern Deir Ezzur took to the main street and protested against the SDF’s fuel plundering in the region.

The protestors closed off the streets and engaged in armed clash with the SDF, killing two of them and wounding several more.

The protestors further moved towards al-Umar oilfield, but, the SDF blocked their access to the oilfield, cordoning off the area.

The SFD further sent more gunmen to the regions on the outskirts of the town and kept them on alert.

People in Eastern Deir Ezzur controlled by the SDF are suffering from drinking water, electric power and fuel shortages.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Turkish Army’s elite forces arrived at border with Syria as the Ankara forces are standing the order to kick off a large-scale offensive against the Kurds on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, a Turkish media outlet reported.

The Arabic-language website of Anadolu reported that the Turkish army has deployed a large number of its elite forces and military vehicles, who had been deployed in Hatay province, to Kilist region at border with Northern Syria.

It further said that another convoy, including several armored vehicles, has been forwarded to Hatay.

The news agency went on to say that Turkish reconnaissance planes have also been flying over regions between West of Ein al-Arab and Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa, adding that the Turkish army’s engineering units have removed a part of the cement border wall at Turkey-Syria border near the village of Quneitra in Northern Raqqa.

Aleppo

The Syrian Army dispatched more soldiers and military hardware to Western Aleppo on Wednesday to pave the ground for a major operation in the region.

The army sent a convoy of soldiers and military equipment from Eastern Aleppo to contact lines with Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Western Aleppo.

The convoy included hundreds of forces and at least 50 military vehicles carrying cannons and heavy weapons.

The convoy headed toward al-Ma’amel in Western Aleppo.

The army’s move came after Tahir al-Sham and its terrorist allies, deployed in Southwestern Aleppo, launched missile and artillery attacks on army positions.

Tahrir al-Sham and its allies, deployed in demilitarized zone, have been continuing attacks on the army in Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Lattakia provinces on a daily base.

Idlib

Ibrahim al-Adavi, a Saudi commander of Horras al-Deen, wad killed by unidentified attackers in Idlib province, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Ibrahim al-Adavi nom de guerre Abu Musa was gunned down by unknown raiders near the village of Safouhan in Jabal al-Zawiyah on Tuesday, the sources said.

They added that, meantime, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at has started storming the positions of rival terrorists from the ISIL in Southern Idlib, arresting a number of them.

The sources said that fresh wave of tension has covered the town of Fua’a North of Idlib city after Tahrir al-Sham expelled the families of tens of terrorists from the town.

Hama

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday that the terrorist groups, deployed in Northern Syria, have destroyed historical sites and smuggled hundreds of millions of dollars worth of artifacts to Iraq and Turkey.

SOHR said that the terrorists are excavating historical sites in Qala Afamiya, Hourtah, Um Nir and Tal Qarqour in al-Ghaab Planin in Northwestern Hama.

It further said that Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at carried out its largest excavation operation in Babsaqa region at Syria’s border with Iskandaroun North of Idlib city and in Bab al-Amoud and al-Khatib regions, discovering and stealing artifacts  almost $200 mln in value.

In the meantime, the Turkistani Islamic Party has also been conducting excavations in Jisr al-Shughour, specially in Tal Qarqour West of the town of Jisr al-Shughourm, stealing artifacts over $800 mln in value.

Also on Wednesday, the Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with a group of terrorists, deployed in the demilitarized zone, and managed to fend off their attack in Northern Hama.

The army soldiers exchanged heavy fire with a large number of terrorists of Kata’eb al-Izzah, deployed in al-Latamina in the demilitarized zone, and warded off their attack on government forces near the small town of al-Masasanah in Northern Hama.

The terrorists suffered heavy casualties in the failed attack.

In the meantime, the army’s artillery and missile units pounded terrorists’ positions and movements in the towns of al-Latamina, Kafr Zita and near the villages of al-Arabaeen and al-Zakat.

The army’s heavy artillery and missile attack forced the terrorists to pull forces back from al-Latamina that was supposed to be one of the largest foreign terrorists’ bases in Northern Hama.

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