At least 20 people including 14 oil refinery workers were killed on Thursday after a car bomb was detonated remotely in the village of Shheel in eastern Syria.
The deadly attack occurred near “an oil field acting as a base for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces fighting ISIS,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHN) said.
According to the source, the casualties were mostly oil refinery workers and six conscripts from the Kurdish-led SDF who were escorting the workers in vehicles from the oil field.
Omar oil field was seized by SDF fighters in 2017 and it was turned into a military base to stop ISIS advancements into the area.
In 2014, ISIS took control of large parts of Syria and Iraq as a prelude to establish their so-called caliphate, which is currently on the brink of annihilation.