Three pro-Syrian regime militants were killed in an ambush by Daesh (ISIS) in the Badia desert in central Homs province, local sources said Monday.
The ambush targeted the Palestinian Liwa al-Qusd militia near al-Sukhna town in the eastern countryside of Homs.
In retaliation, the Russian warplanes conducted four airstrikes on ISIS pockets in the Mount al-Bashri south of Deir Ezzor city and al-Rusafa desert west of Raqqa city.
Last Tuesday, Daesh militants attacked regime forces in the village of Al-Saan in Hama province, before kidnapping eight policemen and 11 civilians from a small village, state-run news agency SANA said.
Daesh fighters have ramped up their attacks in the past months against regime forces in the vast desert that stretches across central Syria to the eastern border with Iraq.
Daesh overran large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014.
They were expelled from their last patch of territory in eastern Syria in March 2019, but have retained a presence in the vast Badia desert.
In 2018, Daesh abducted around 30 people, mostly women and children, from the Syrian province of Sweida after it went on a deadly rampage butchering 250 people. Several of those abducted were killed.
Zaman Al Wasl, Agencies
Zaman Al Wasl