24 Troops from Tartous Province Killed in Past Two Weeks

The Alawite heartland has suffered huge losses in light of the Assad regime's efforts to boost its falling troop numbers

At least 24 regime troops from the province of Tartous were killed in the last two weeks by the Islamic State (ISIS) and rebel groups, according to pro-regime news feeds.

The death toll included six officers and 18 soldiers killed in Deir-ez-Zor, Idleb, Hama and the Eastern Ghouta suburbs.

Five troops were killed on New Year’s Eve in the town of Harasta as rebels surrounded the strategic Al-Morakabat base.

According to a new estimate by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, more than 119,000 pro-regime forces have been killed during the course of the war, including 62,000 Syrian troops, tens of thousands of loyalist fighters, and 1,556 fighters from Hezbollah.

The mainly Alawite coastal region is a main supplier of manpower for Bashar al-Assad’s regime, where posters mourning the fallen have been sweeping the streets of the province.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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