13 October 2017
By Sunday Elom
An undisclosed number of people, including Syrian refugees and Kurdish security personnel, have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, ISIL in northeastern Syria.
According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SOHR, Thursday’s attack took place at Abu Fas, near the border of Deir Az Zor and Hasaka provinces, and the casualties included refugees as well as members of the Kurdish Asayish security force.
Report said the terrorist group has lost large expanses of its territory in both Syria and Iraq this year making it to fall back on the towns and villages of the Euphrates valley southeast of Deir Az Zor.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, alliance of Kurdish and Arab paramilitaries is pressing ISIL from the north and a rival offensive by the Syrian army, supported by allies including Iran and Russia, is attacking it from the west.
ISIL just like Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria has for a long time been a cankerworm eating deep into the fabrics of Syria and the surrounding nations.
Speaking to AFP news agency, an SDF spokesman, Talal Sello, confirmed that the car bombing which targeted people displaced from Deir Az Zor occurred in Abu Fas in Hasaka’s south.
Sello said, “Dozens of people were killed and wounded,” adding that after the blast, “The civilians escaped towards desert areas where mines exploded and the toll rose”.
Meanwhile, Sello said that much of Hasaka province and Hasaka city are under the control of a Kurdish “autonomous administration”, with smaller parts of both controlled by the central government.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SOHR, said Abu Fas is where Kurdish authorities gather people displaced by conflict before allowing them to enter camps where they can shelter.
Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, the SOHR, relying on a network of sources inside Syria, said government forces had retaken four neighbourhoods in the town of Mayadeen in Deir Az Zor.
According to the state news agency, SANA the troops had re-entered Mayadeen. The agency reported that ISIL, also known as ISIS, succeeded in expelling Syrian forces from Mayadeen two days after they entered the town.
An anonymous Syrian army source recently described Mayadeen as the “military capital” of ISIL in Deir Az Zor.
However, the Egyptian state media reported that Syrian armed groups on Thursday, reached a ceasefire agreement for southern Damascus during a meeting in Cairo.
A report in the state-run Al Ahram newspaper said the deal includes opening main crossings and halting forced displacement of people living in the opposition-held district of Eastern Ghouta. The report quoted Mohamed Alloush, the political head of Jaish al-Islam, as saying that Egypt had pledged to help break the siege on Eastern Ghouta using diplomatic means and allow in aid “in sufficient quantities to alleviate the suffering in the region”.
It could be noted that Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, is one of the last strongholds of fighters battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and was the scene of a chemical-weapon attack that killed hundreds in August 2013.