Dozens of civilians and fighters killed in IS’ explosions, Eastern Syria
Over the last week, explosions hit areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), killing and injuring dozens of civilians and fighters. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the explosions despite the SDF announced eliminating the IS in its last stronghold in the village of al-Baghouz, eastern Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria.
The IS published a statement announcing a military campaign against the SDF titled Ghazwat al-Thaar Li-Wilayet al-Sham. The IS claimed responsibility for bombs and car bombs explosions in the Deir al-Zor, al-Hasakah, and al-Raqqa governorates.
30 civilians and fighters killed and injured in explosions in al-Raqqa and Deir al-Zor:
The IS claimed responsibility for six explosions in al-Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, killing and injuring 30 civilians and fighters.
Activists and local sources reported that a bomb explosion killed a man and injured four civilians, including two children and a woman who received major injuries. The bomb exploded as the civilians were passing the Fayez Mansour street in the city of al-Tabaqa in al-Raqqa. The sources and activists added that the injured were transported to the al-Tib al-Hadith hospital in al-Raqqa.
The activists added that a bomb exploded in the Falastin street in al-Tabaqa, injuring a car driver with major injuries. The activists added that the injured was transported to a medical clinic. The activists noted that another bomb exploded in the al-Thakana neighborhood in al-Raqqa, injuring two civilians.
A bomb explosion injured four fighters of the People’s Protection Units that are the major component of the SDF, eastern al-Raqqa.
A source from the Asayish forces of the Autonomous Administration reported that the fighters received minor injuries and were transported to a nearby medical clinics. The source added that the bomb exploded in the fighters’ vehicles on the way of the village of al-Kulaib.
The IS claimed responsibility for the attack against the vehicle, saying that six YPG fighters were killed and injured.
A car bomb explosion hit the al-Noor street in central al-Raqqa, killing and injuring 15 civilians.
Local and medical sources reported that the explosion killed eight civilians and injured five others, including women and children, some of whom received major injuries. The sources added that the injured were transported to the al-Tib al-Hadith hospital.
A nurse at the al-Tib al-Hadith hospital said that later on, the death toll due the explosion increased to 12 civilians. The nurse noted that there were three injured people one of them is an SDF fighter.
The IS published a statement claiming responsibility for the car bomb explosion. The statement said that the explosion killed and injured 12 YPG fighters, and damaged three military vehicles.
A bomb explosion killed a YPG fighter and injured another near the village of Abu Khashab in Deir al-Zor.
A military source from the YPG reported that the bomb exploded on the fighters as they were passing a road that connects Abu Khashab to al-Raqqa. The source noted that the injured fighter received major injuries and was transported to a nearby medical clinic.
The IS claimed responsibility for targeting the fighters, saying that its members exploded a bomb in a motorcycle that the fighters were riding on the Abu Khashab road.
IS attacks International Coalition’s patrol in al-Hasakah:
The IS claimed responsibility for exploding a car bomb near a patrol of the United States led-International Coalition, on a military road leading to the city of al-Shadadi in al-Hasakah.
A source close to the SDF reported that a K2,7000 car bomb targeted the patrol, causing no casualties. The source added that only the car driver was killed. The IS said that the explosion killed and injured soldiers and destroyed three 4x4 vehicles.
Asayish forces launches campaign against IS’ groups in Deir al-Zor:
The Asayish security forces of the Autonomous Administration arrested IS’ members in Deir al-Zor.
The Asayish added in a statement that three days ago, they launched a campaign to raid IS’ groups havens in villages and towns in Deir al-Zor. The Asayish arrested IS members and seized weapons, bombs, and satellite internet devices. The Asayish did not reveal the names of the villages in which the IS members were arrested.
The Asayish noted that the IS arrested members hide between civilians and were planning to destabilize the area.
SMART contacted the SDF to ascertain the IS' recent accelerated explosions in the SDF*controlled areas. The SDF did not comment.
The IS continues to launch attacks and conduct explosions despite the SDF announced eliminating the IS in its last stronghold in al-Baghouz, eastern Deir al-Zor on March 23, 2019. The SDF announced security campaigns to chase the IS members. A sources from the SDF said that the security campaigns will be more difficult and complicated than the military one.