DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has warned against the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, saying that Daesh terrorists are putting local residents to death.
Speaking to a news conference in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday, Bachelet voiced deep concern for 7,000 civilians, whom she said had been caught between Daesh terrorists preventing them from evacuating Dayr al-Zawr, located 450 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus, and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
"We also have reports of Daesh executing people perceived as cooperating with SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) or other parties to the conflict,” she said.
The high-ranking UN official went on to say that civilians in Dayr al-Zawr province are being used as "pawns and bargaining chips” in the conflict.
Meanwhile, the Syrian government forces neutralized 23 members of the Daesh terror group in the desert to the east of the Syrian city of Homs, local media reported Wednesday.
According to the Ikhbariya broadcaster, the military ambushed the terrorists between Bir al Halba and Bir as Safania.
In November, a bomb detonated in a bus in the Syrian city of Homs, leaving reportedly at least eight people injured.
Before Homs was liberated from terrorists, the local neighborhood had been one of the most vulnerable areas in the city, being frequently rocked by terrorist attacks and shelling.
The government troops have also thwarted an attempt by a group of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants to sneak into Kinsabba town in the country’s western coastal province of Latakia.
Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that army soldiers engaged in a fierce exchange of gunfire with the Takfiris, leaving scores of them killed and injured.
A military source, requesting not to be named, said the slain militants hailed from Ain al-Haour area, situated only five kilometers north of Kinsabba, and were planning to attack a military position.
Syria has been engulfed in an armed conflict since 2011. In late 2017, the victory over the Daesh terrorist group was declared in Syria and Iraq, with some territories of the two countries still being cleared of terrorists with the assistance of the Russian forces. The main efforts in Syria are currently focused on political settlement and post-war reconstruction of the country.