Garis were working on a street in Hajin when they were shot; suspicion is that the aggressors are the Islamic State
Gunmen killed a civil servant and left two wounded in the city of Deir el-Zor, east of Syria, last Thursday (27), confirmed the Rojava Information Center.
The servers, who are street sweepers, were working on a street in Hajin when they were shot by snipers who passed by on a motorcycle. Authorities have yet to identify the attackers. The two survivors were hospitalized in serious condition at a local hospital.
Although no terrorist group has claimed violence, it is suspected that Islamic State militants orchestrated the attack. The province of Deir el-Zor faces an increase in extremists in sleeper cells across the territory, reported the Kurdish media group Rudaw.
On the 10th, a soldier the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), led by Kurds, was killed after an attack by armed men on motorcycles. Seven other soldiers were injured.
The attack came after the launch of a new large-scale security operation against Islamic State in Deir el-Zor. The offensive is supported by the international counterterrorism coalition.
Advancement of extremism
Although the SDF and the Syrian regime control the province, the jihadist group remains active in the area. The extremists made Hajin their capital before Kurdish forces regained control of the region.
The Islamic State took control of parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014. In 2017, the international coalition declared the group's defeat in Iraqi territory, and in 2019, in Syria. The threat persists through bombings, attacks and kidnappings.
The advance of the Islamic State in Syria tends to deepen the unprecedented crisis left by the ten years of civil war. The country has the support of the Russian army, the ally Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah. At the moment, a truce in the conflict is in effect.