Up to 300 People Killed in ISIS Attacks in Deir al-Zour, Syria
Sun, January 17, 2016
Illustrative picture. (Photo: Screenshot from ISIS propaganda video)
The Islamic State killed dozens of people including civilians in a series of attacks against regime held areas of the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, capital of Deir al-Zour Province in Syria.
ISIS forces reportedly carried out several suicide bombings against government positions in the al-Bughailiyeh neighborhood of Deir al-Zour at dawn on January 16. This was followed by a ground offensive.
“A horrific massacre” took place according to Chinese media outlet Xinhua citing a report by al-Mayadeen TV.
Reported casualty numbers vary widely. Xinhua reported 280 casualties. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 85 civilians were killed and 50 soldiers, according to the BBC. An estimated 300 civilians were killed according to the Syrian state news agency SANA.
The Islamic State holds 60% of the city according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
For more information about the Islamic State see Clarion Project’s Special Report: The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL)