The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 15 civilians and 27 pro-government fighters were killed when Daesh terrorists launched attacks against the villages of Aqarib al-Safi and al-Mabujeh on Thursday, according to presstv.ir.
Most of the civilians had been beheaded and mutilated, the Britain-based group said, noting that another 10 bodies were yet to be identified as pro-government fighters or local residents.
It added that 15 Daesh militants were also killed in the dawn attack on the two villages.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that Syrian army forces and allied fighters had managed to repulse the attack on Aqarib al-Safi village and drive Daesh extremists away.
In March 2015, Daesh executed at least 37 civilians and kidnapped 50 others, half of them women, during an assault on the village.
Syria has been fighting different foreign-sponsored militant and terrorist groups since March 2011. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.