The SDF in Deir Ezzor push against Isis da Safafinah in the direction of Arqoub, the last praesidium of the Islamic State
The SDFs at Deir Ezzor continue to advance, albeit slowly, against Isis between Safafinah and Baguz Fawqani. The Syrian fighters, given the high presence of civilians used as human shields by the militiamen of the Islamic State, to the south have slightly folded. In the north, however, Operation Round Up (Jazeera Storm) is pushing and proceeding towards Arqoub, what is believed to be the main praesidium of Daesh in the Middle Euphrates River Valley (MERV). The village is located north of Abu Kamal to the east of the Euphrates. For the jihadists it is strategic, as they can cross the river easily enough, and try to escape in the direction of the Badia desert to the west, between Homs and Deir Ezzor. The only problem for IS terrorists is the International Coalition, which continues to hammer the area with raids on the enemy posts across the quadrant.
Meanwhile, Jazeera Storm moves slightly back to Baghuz Fawqani not to put civilians at risk, and accelerates the evacuation of the local population. Weather conditions do not help, but Daesh has no more territory to use
Meanwhile, Jazeera Storm is working to evacuate as many inhabitants as possible from the conflict zones with Isis. About 150 people have been saved in Sengale in recent hours, especially women and children. These are added to the thousands of civilians, transferred through the humanitarian corridors in the refugee camps. Approaching the epicenter of the final battle against the Islamic State, however, the area becomes less and less permissive. Furthermore, in recent days the weather conditions have worsened, with intense rains and fog. As a result, SDF must operate with caution to protect the safety of the civilians and prevent possible Daesh counter-attacks. Above all for the fact that the militiamen have used atmospheric phenomena several times to launch surprise offensives. Time and opportunities for IS, however, are few. In fact, only a handful of kilometers are left to the definitive defeat of the terrorists at Deir Ezzor.