Moments ago, horrific reports emerged that militants loyal to the Islamic State (ISIS) have executed hundreds of civilians in Deir Ez-Zor amidst a huge offensive to capture Al-Bughayliyah and Ayyash. Although the overall death toll is unknown for now, some 280 civilians, many whom were women and children, are believed to have been executed at point blank range allegedly due to their allegiance with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Among those reported dead, only 5 were captured SAA soldiers.

Earlier today, some 28 government troops were also killed in clashes with ISIS at the Deir Ez-Zor districts of Ayyash, Haweeqa, and Al-Bughayliyah. Todays ISIS offensive was well-planned as tens of ISIS suicide bombers rushed across the Euphrates river by boat as to overwhelm local Syrian Army defenders. Meanwhile, other fighters attacked Ayyash from the northern flank.

Upon entering the suburbs, ISIS militants summarily executed all people they could get their hands on before fleeing the area entirely. Sadly, children as young as 8 months old were executed during these horrible events. Many SAA soldiers have relatives in this area and Al-Bughayliyah has long been a Syrian Army stronghold; these facts hint to the reasons behind the attack.

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The city of Deir Ez-Zor has been entirely besieged by the Islamic State since late 2014. Nevertheless, government troops of the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard still maintain control of about 50% of the city. If ISIS was to capture the city of Deir Ez-Zor, this would free up much needed troops for the Aleppo front which has largely collapsed near al-Bab and Manbij.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. its horrible … poor people Ya Allah 🙁 its the west creation theses disgusting and sick ISIS people , they doesn’t deserve to live … I will pray for victims and their family .. Heartbreaking omg

  2. What the hell they think they are? What Russia, U.S are doing then by bombing Syria? Killing civilians so that they can easily set it up according to their own will??

  3. I don’t know why you don’t want to understand. As a Shiite I tell you, their belief is based on Salafism and wahhabism & it’s not related to Islam. Why do you know those who are murderers as Muslims and just for fun you say religion of peace. Meanwhile, you don’t know those Muslims who defend not only Muslim people & cities but also Jewish & Christian people and cities from these stupid misunderstood-Islam followers as Muslims. ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and … as terrorist groups murdered at last one or two million people in the world, but Hitler and his followers still murdered 150000000 (Fifteen million) in the world. If you know them as MUSLIM and say HA “ISLAM, RELIGION OF PEACE” so it is easy for me to know Hitler as a Christian and say HA ” CHRISTIANITY, RELIGION OF PEACE” which killed 150000000 people. Open your eyes if you have.

    • Hello again. One BIG MISTAKE. Fifteen million I said is related to world war one if not to say Christian war 1. In the world war 2 if not still to say Christian war 2, more than 70000000 (SEVENTY MILLION PEOPLE) were killed. Most of them were Christian and Jews. As a Muslim I say God bless all of them. More, of course, innocent people, women and children. War is always ugly whether you be a Muslim, Christian, Jew and etc. especially when it happens in the name of a religion. When and where God has said SAY ALLAH AKBAR ( GOD IS GREAT) and kill other people. These stupid Satans just say ( Satan IS GREAT) and he is really GREAT FOR THEM. They are not Muslims at all to say if they are radical or not. Even radical Muslims do not kill people who have sinned. Everybody sins. Now just imagine they kill innocent children, girls, boys, cut their heads. So ugly that … We just wait. Still wait. Wait for that two men that will come one day and the real PEACE is spread all over the world. Hope soon. Finished.

  4. Good news from Latakia, the rebels should collapse after three months of Russian airstrikes. nearly one month ago I have read paper by written by US think that suggested Eastern Syria must be free from the “Syrian regime” and be occupied US led coalition and then handed over to rebels, the paper saw the presence o Syrian army in Deir Zor as obstacle to this plan , but interestingly predicted SAA wll be rooted out from the area by ISIS and hoped that ISIS will soon attack SAA position in Deir Zor, the fact theat ISIS has read the playbook of that paper and attacked Ser Zor , I have no doubt ISIS is either directly or indirectly controlled by the US and its allies, ISIS could have defend its positions in Iraq,Rif Hasake and RIf Aleppo istead of putting its resources in Der Zor, I think ISIS is told to attack Der Zor by teh US and its allies.