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.

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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Pierre Hoche
Pierre Hoche
2016-01-16 21:25

Syrian rebels are disgusting

Amin
Amin
2016-01-16 22:53

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… Read more »

Amin
Amin
2016-01-16 23:58
Reply to  Amin

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… Read more »

Arben Puta
Arben Puta
2016-01-16 21:29

ISIS DOGS INBREAD RACE PIGS YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERT BACK WHERE YOU ALL BELONG IN h**l PIGS DEATH IS STERING YOU ALL AT YOUR FACESES BUT YOU ALL TO DUM TO SEE IT IDIOTS.

Lisi Filistine
Lisi Filistine
2016-01-16 21:52

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 o*g

Philmon Gebrehiwot
Philmon Gebrehiwot
2016-01-16 21:03

when ll be the end of ISIs…i am sorry for that…rest in peace for the innocent souls. God will judge

Ilse Ilse
Ilse Ilse
2016-01-16 21:04

How can someone like this artikel????brothers off satan???

Daniel Ari
Daniel Ari
2016-01-16 21:19
Reply to  Ilse Ilse

People may have clicked like to say “thanks for letting me know”

Iad Alhallak
Iad Alhallak
2016-01-16 21:31

الله يرحمهم

Khalil Nabo McBloen
Khalil Nabo McBloen
2016-01-16 22:08

Israeli Secret Intelligence Service Dogs ?

Anonymous
Anonymous
2016-01-16 20:57

cowerds

Helgé Janssen
Helgé Janssen
2016-01-16 21:32

..this is just too disgusting and inhumane for words. May ISIS mercenary $$$$killerwhores rot in the h**l they have dug for themselves.

Anthony Farrell Boonstra
Anthony Farrell Boonstra
2016-01-16 21:00

Horrible and sad news!

Mateus Meneses
Mateus Meneses
2016-01-16 21:47

THANKS OBAMA

Parkhanita Urmi
Parkhanita Urmi
2016-01-16 21:56

Sick inbred thugs!

Mo J Zeen
Mo J Zeen
2016-01-16 22:42

R.i.p for those whom got killed …and h**l for Isis motherfuckers

Rmaili Farhat Ahlam
Rmaili Farhat Ahlam
2016-01-16 23:16

QUE DIOS LOS MALDIGA

Ilse Ilse
Ilse Ilse
2016-01-16 21:00

GO TO h**l.. f**k offf satans

Shahram
Shahram
2016-01-17 03:37
Reply to  Ilse Ilse

f**k Your Family b***h

Ilse Ilse
Ilse Ilse
2016-01-16 21:04
ahmed
ahmed
2016-01-16 23:13

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… Read more »

Kinessa Johnson
Kinessa Johnson
2016-01-16 22:40

What the h**l 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??

Randy Ranes
Randy Ranes
2016-01-16 21:08

CIA is good at these photo ops

Mike Hughes Parks
Mike Hughes Parks
2016-01-16 21:54

Religion of peace