“The US-led fighter jets targeted and hit a convoy of civilians who were trying to move from the ISIL-controlled region in the town of Baghouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur,” local sources in Eastern Syria were quoted as saying on Wednesday.
The sources noted that most of the vehicles of the convoy were destroyed in the air raid, adding that the attack has also left several casualties mostly women and children.
Also in the past 24 hours, hundreds of people and tribesmen of the Eastern Euphrates region called for the Syrian Army’s return to the areas held by the US and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to drive the occupying troops out of the region.
A large number of people living in the villages and towns in Eastern Euphrates that are under the control of the US and the SDF, hoisted Syria’s national flag and called for the return of the Damascus Army’s troops to the region, the Arabic-language service of Russia Today reported on Wednesday.
It also noted that concurrent with people’s call, a sum of 12 tribes in the city of Deir Ezzur and 23 tribes from the province have called for the reconstruction of bridges to reconnect the two banks of the Euphrates River and also requested the Syrian Army to seize control of the region once again.
Also, the elders of Sharaf tribes of the Euphrates pointed to the demolition of all bridges linking the Western and Eastern banks of the Euphrates by the US-led coalition, and said that they will welcome the Syrian Army and its allied forces back to the region to force the US and its allied SDF militants out.
Also, on Wednesday, the US army continued reinforcing its military bases in Eastern Syria despite US President Donald Trump’s declared decision for a pullout of Syria.
The Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted informed sources as saying that new US military convoys comprising military vehicles and equipment have entered Syria via the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
The daily noted that the US forces are planning to set up a new military base in al-Sabheh region in Eastern Deir Ezzur overlooking the Euphrates River.
Meantime, local sources said that several massive US military convoys have arrived in Hasaka province from Iraq’s Northern regions via areas under the control of the SDF.
They noted that the US military convoys also contained military and logistics equipment sent to the US-led coalition bases in Eastern Euphrates region.
The sources reiterated that fortification of the US military bases in Eastern Syria is still underway even after Trump’s decision to pull out forces from Syria.
The Damascus army fended off new offensives by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other allied terrorist groups in the demilitarized zone in Southeastern Idlib and near Abu Dhuhour military airport, inflicting heavy damage and tolls on them.
The Syrian Army units engaged in heavy clashes with the terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham and militants of Haras al-Din and Ajnad al-Kavkaz who attacked the Syrian Army’s military positions to the West of Idlib military airport in Southeastern Idlib from the two directions of al-Katibeh al-Mahjoureh and the town of Tavil al-Halib, killing and wounding several militants.
Battlefield sources pointed to the dispatch of massive military convoys by terrorist groups to Southeastern Idlib, and said that the Syrian Army pounded the supply lines of the terrorists with missiles and heavy artillery shells, killing and wounding tens of terrorists as well as destroying a large number of their military vehicles and equipment.
Also, the Syrian army units in Northern Hama launched heavy artillery and missile attacks on military positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists and their allied militants in the towns of al-Boyezeh, Lahaya, Mourek, Kafar Zita, al-Latamanieh and Kafar Naboudeh as well as Zizoun and Bab al-Taqeh in Northwestern Hama, destroying several military positions of terrorists, inflicting heavy losses on them.
Also in the past 24 hours, a notorious commander of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at and a close aide to leader of the terrorist group Abu Mohammad Jolani was killed in a failed attack on the Syrian Army’s military positions in Southeastern Idlib.
“During an attack by Tahrir al-Sham and their allied militants on the Syrian Army’s military positions near Abu Dhuhour Military Airport in Southeastern Idlib, senior commander of Ajnad al-Kavkaz, nom de guerre Abu al-Bara Qafqazi, was killed,” the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying.
The report noted Qafqazi’s proximity with Abu Mohammad Jolani and that he was second-in-command of Tahrir al-Sham who had taken part in worst possible crimes in Northern Syria.
The sources were also quoted by Sputnik as saying that al-Qafqazi also in cooperation with Jolani played an important role in facilitating passage of terrorists from Central Asia and Caucasus via borders with Turkey.