Dec 03, 2021 12:47 UTC
  •  Ten oil workers killed in Daesh ambush on buses in Syria's Dayr al-Zawr

Nearly a dozen people were killed and another wounded in an attack targeting a bus carrying workers in an oil field in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr on Thursday, according to local reports.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) called it a “terrorist attack” and said the victims were workers of al-Kharata oil field, located 20 kilometres (12 miles) southwest of the provincial capital.

Quoting a reporter stationed in Dayr al-Zawr, the Syrian news agency said a Daesh terrorist group staged an ambush on two buses carrying the oil workers while they were returning from work.

“While returning from al-Kharata oil field, an armed terrorist group attacked the workers, killing 10 and injuring another,” provincial governor Fadel Najar told the SANA reporter.

Daesh Takfiri terrorists have been active in the oil-rich region of Syria notwithstanding the heavy deployment of US-led coalition forces claiming to fight the extremists.

The terrorists have, with the connivance of foreign troops, managed to regain foothold in the region after being defeated by the Syrian army in 2019.

They have carried out several attacks in the province, attacking government forces from hideouts in the expansive Syrian Desert that stretches all the way from the Damascus outskirts to the Iraqi border.

Last month, a deadly ambush carried out by the Daesh terrorist group killed more than a dozen Syrian government forces in Dayr al-Zawr province.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) at the time said the attack took place in Masrib area, situated in the western flank of the province, which it said killed “at least 13 members of a local pro-government group and wounded others.”

In another incident on November 14, a Syrian army general and four soldiers were killed in an attack in eastern Syria.

SOHR said a bomb exploded close to the vehicle carrying five troops in Dayr al-Zawr province.

The attacks come as the US military has stationed forces and military equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.

Damascus, however, says the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s rich resources.