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20 Palestinian Fighters Killed in Syria, Likely by ISIS in Tandem with Israel’s “Shadow War”

20 fighters from Liwa al-Quds, a Palestinian armed group affiliated with the Syrian army, were killed, likely by the terrorist ISIS organization, in the eastern countryside of Homs Governorate in Syria, on April 19, 2024.

According to one source, the ambush was carried out by militias, likely associated with ISIS. The militias attacked the bus with massive machine guns and B7 artillery shells. 

Several Liwa al-Quds members were injured too, with the death toll expected to rise. The Syrian army had allegedly sent reinforcements to the area in a quest to execute extensive combing operations in search of ISIS cells.

The Badia desert adjacent to Al-Suknah lies north of the 55-kilometer “protected” area, which is 

also near the illegal  US military base at Al-Tanf on the Syria–Iraq–Jordan border. 

Pro-Syrian forces are barred from entering the protected zone and are even bombed by US warplanes if they attempt to trespass.

The US has repeatedly accused the Syrian and Russian governments for training militias from ISIS and other armed groups in the protected zone, and by allowing them to utilize it as a base for attacks on Syrian forces elsewhere within the Badia desert region. 

However, the Russian military has openly supported the Syrian army’s mission to defeat the notorious ISIS group since 2015.

In a press conference on Thursday, April 18, Russian Major General Yuri Popov said, “The Russian Air Force destroyed three bases for militants who left the Al-Tanf area and were hiding in inaccessible areas in the Al-Amur mountain range in Homs Governorate.”

ISIS has escalated its acts of violence in recent months by targeting civilians, soldiers and forces supporting the Syrian army. 

Notably, the ISIS attacks on Syrian forces have collided with the Israeli regime’s ongoing “shadow war” with Iran and Syria. 

Syria is affiliated with the Axis of Resistance forces alongside Iran, the Lebanese Resistance, the Yemeni armed forces and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, that are in solidarity with Palestine, by resisting against the Israeli regime’s ongoing onslaught in Gaza that has now killed more than 34,000 Palestinains, mostly women and children, in a span of six months.

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