Date :Saturday, October 13th, 2018 | Time : 22:03 |ID: 73758 | Print

US-led coalition in Deir Ezzor: Evacuating ISIS members and using white phosphorus

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SHAFAQNA- A week after Syrian publication accused US of transporting Daesh terrorists from Deir Ezzor, on Saturday local sources reported that US coalition strikes Syrian town using banned white phosphorus. War in Syria won’t end while the US remains there, as Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, told le Figaro.  

The strikes, taking place Saturday across multiple districts in the town of Hajin, Deir Ez-Zor province, included the use of white phosphorus, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported, citing local sources.

Syrian television station Ikhbariya later reported that several people had been killed and several others injured following separate coalition strikes in al-Soussa, Deir Ez-Zor in an attack which hit a local bakery.

Syria accuses US of transporting Daesh terrorists from Deir Ezzor

The evacuation comes amid fresh sweeping advances by Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters against the Takfiris on the battlefield, seeing ISIS lose power across the Arab republic. In recent months, ISIS has been driven out of much of the territory under its control. Latest reports say there has been clashes between ISIS elements and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militants, around the Deir Ezzor city of Hajin. The skirmishes have left a number of people dead and injured on both sides. Syrian publication accuses US of transporting Daesh terrorists from Deir Ezzor.

The SDFs are attacking ISIS anywhere south of Deir Ezzor. Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) advances in Hajin from the north. In Sha’Fah, Syrian fighters are pressing the Islamic State from the east, in the South Kishma oil field. In Susah, however, Daesh is under control with a siege from the east, while the Arab-Kurdish forces are chasing the jihadists from Safafinah and Marashidah.

Here, however, the SDF have discovered a large depot of weapons and ammunition, which the IS terrorists failed to take with them while fleeing to the north, following the enemy pressure. In fact, only a few areas in the two cities are still under the control of fundamentalists. In addition, these have lost in 38 items in full quadrant in less than 24 hours. Both for the offensive on the ground and for the air strikes of the International Coalition throughout the area.

The Russian militaries, and pro-Iranian ones arrive at Deir Ezzor. They lined up in Mayadeen and Abu Kamal. For Daesh the escape route through the Euphrates is also precluded. Another bad news arrives for ISIS at Deir Ezzor. The escape corridor through the Euphrates is also permanently closed. Along the western part of the river in the past few hours many Russian assets and Iranian militias have arrived. In this way, it will be much more difficult for the Islamic State to attempt the escape or attacks in the two areas.

Starting from the south of the Syrian province, or from the northwest from the Badia desert on the border between Deir Ezzor and Homs. Daesh is now closed in a cul de sac, with no way out. The only chance for the jihadists to save their lives is to surrender to the SDF. Phenomenon that is increasing in recent days and that probably will grow further in the next, Difesaesicurezza told.

Syrian media quoted reliable local sources saying that the terrorists had been relocated from the town of al-Shaafah near the Iraqi border to an unknown location on Saturday night.

Not the first airlifting of terrorists by the US in Syria

A number of wounded Daesh terrorists militants have been evacuated by US helicopters from Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, local sources said, as quoted by the Syrian news website Arabi .

The militants were reportedly relocated from the town of al-Shaafah located near the Iraqi border to an unknown location, Sputniknews told.

It was apparently not the first airlifting of terrorists by the US in Syria as there has already been numerous reports of such transfers.

The United States and a number of its allies launched their campaign against Daesh in Syria in 2014, in what was approved neither by the UN nor Damascus.

Moscow does not provide any military support to the Kurdish groups

A large number of Russian special forces personnel were deployed to the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week, the Furat Post reported. The publication said the Russian special forces were equipped with armored vehicles, anti-tank guided missiles, and sniper rifles, as they prepare to aid the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in their upcoming offensive in the province but Moscow denied.

Moscow does not provide any military support to the Kurdish groups in the north of Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told Sputnik in an interview.

The media reports claim that support comes from the United States. There are Americans and the US support in the north [of Syria] that is not controlled by the [Syrian] government,” Vershinin said.

US have been slammed for enhancing their military presence

The United States have also been slammed for enhancing their military presence in the region, while there have also been reports on the US-led coalition evacuating Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia) members from the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, Urdupoint told.

Northeastern Syrian regions are controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia group mostly comprised of Kurds. While the SDF is one of the parties engaged in conflict with the Syrian government, and Damascus considers its actions as illegal, it is determined to fight the remaining strongholds of terrorism in the country, just as the central government is.

US Coalition Strikes Syrian Town Using Banned White Phosphorus

The US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly dropped internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs on Syria’s troubled eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Local sources told Syria’s official news agency SANA that the airstrikes targeted the small city of Hajin on Saturday.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

According to Sputnik News, Saturday’s incident was not the first suspected use of white phosphorus by the US-led coalition. Last month, the coalition denied using the substance in Syria after the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation issued a report of airstrikes carried out using the internationally-prohibited weapons by US F-15 fighter jets on September 8. Damascus has repeatedly accused the coalition of using white phosphorus in its attacks, charging Western forces of using the agent in strikes which have led to the deaths of multiple civilians, including children, last year.

Under Geneva Conventions, white phosphorus munitions are prohibited for use against civilians or in civilian areas.

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