Russia supports the Damascus operation south of Idlib, preventing local militiamen from receiving reinforcements and weakening their defenses.
The SDF at Deir Ezzor besieged Isis in the city of Toymeen, in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) at the border between Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile the ISF close the frontiers between the two countries at Anbar
The SDF at Deir Ezzor besieged Isis in the city of Toymeen, in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) on the border between Siria and Iraq. The Operation Round Up chased the Islamic State out from the surrounding villages, acting from two sides. These however met at the gates of the Daesh stronghold. The invasion of the centre is planned for the next hours, although it could be shifted to enable the Arab-Kurdish forces to coordinate with the ISF. In particular they are working to open humanitarian corridors, to allow the local population to exit and at the same time to block any possible escape route for the militiamen. Both inside the country and towards Iraq. In parallel, the troops of Baghdad reinforced the borders between Anbar and the south of Syria, by providing them with the latest surveillance and security systems. From electrified barriers to thermal cameras, control towers, remote-controlled weapons and 24 hours patrolling.
From Raqqa Human Rights Watch (HRW) ask for international help to identify the victims of the Daesh mass graves. Till now 9 of these were found in the ex capital of the Islamic State in Syria
Meanwhile, the humanitarian organizations ask for thorough investigations on the mass graves of Isis discovered in Raqqa. In particular, Human Rights Watch (HRC) explains that they need international help to identify the victims killed by the jihadists of the Islamic State and buried in mass graves, and also to safeguard evidence of crimes of war and against humanity of Daesh. Till now 9 were found in the Syrian province, each of which containing about a hundred bodies. One, however, was found in April, beneath a playground near the city hospital. Inside are the remains if 553 Syrians, who till now have not yet been identified. Therefore, what is necessary more than anything else is legal and technical assistance, which on one hand could provide answers to the families of the dispersed. On the other hand, could help preserve the proofs of the massacres perpetrated by the militiamen.