Syria: ISIS strikes, killing 20 government soldiers - NGO

15 soldiers reported missing in desert for past two days

11 January, 13:58

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JANUARY 11 - A reported 20 Syrian government soldiers have been killed over the past 48 hours in clashes with ISIS insurgents in central Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The monitoring group said that fighting was registered west of the eastern region of Dayr az Zor. Meanwhile, according to the NGO, the Russian air force supporting Syrian government forces has intensified over the past few hours air raids against Syrian desert zones between Hama and Dayr az Zor where insurgents affiliated to ISIS are believed to be hiding.

    Last Saturday, seven pro-Iranian militants affiliated to loyalist forces were killed in separate clashes with ISIS insurgents south-east of Dayr az Zor, along the valley of the Euphrates.

    Since Friday, 15 government soldiers have been reported missing as they were travelling in central Syria, east of Hama, on a bus going to Raqqa. Local sources said that the 15 soldiers who went missing in the night between Friday and Saturday could have been captured by ISIS militants. Insurgents at the end of December killed 39 government soldiers along the same road between Hama and Raqqa in an attack against a convoy of buses.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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