On Saturday morning in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched their first offensive inside the provincial capital this year, targeting the Al-Rashidiyah and Al-Haweeqa districts that are controlled by the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Brigade of the Republican Guard and the 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division.
ISIS began their assault along the Cinema Fouad Street inside the Al-Rashidiyah District, where they were confronted by a well-prepared contingent from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade.
This battle along Cinema Fouad Street would last for over 3 hours and end in ISIS’ mass retreat from the Al-Rashidiyah District to the nearby Sheikh Yasseen District after sustaining a high death toll during this failed attack.
In conjunction with their assault on the Al-Rashidiyah District, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham launched a large-scale assault on the northern quarter of the Al-Haweeqa District in order to seize the remaining territory of this strategic area on the western bank of the Euphrates River.
However, once again, the ISIS terrorists were delivered a lethal blow by the Syrian Armed Forces, resulting in the former’s retreat to the southern sector of Al-Haweeqa.
According to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade, 63 ISIS terrorists were killed and another 84 were wounded (unconfirmed by the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command) during this failed offensive on Saturday.
Among the ISIS terrorists killed on Saturday was a Belgian terrorist that was identified as “Abu ‘Umar Al-Beljiki” – he was killed alongside 7 Pakistanis, 4 Chechens, and 2 Jordanians in Al-Haweeqa and Al-Rashidiyah.