The regime forces push ISIS to retreat to confine it between al-Suwaidaa and the Coalition area with a new failure in the negotiation file in accordance with the new condition
Al-Suwaidaa Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: for the 18th consecutive day, al-Suwaidaa Province has been witnessing clashes and military operations between the local gunmen, the regime forces, and militiamen loyal to them against members of the “Islamic State” organization, since the deadliest and most violent attack, which was carried out by the organization on the 25th of July 2018, and claimed the lives of about 260 civilians and local gunmen people including tens of children and female citizens, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them continuing their military operation deep inside al-Suwaidaa desert, after they were able to advance more in the east and northeast of al-Suwaidaa desert, along with extensive rocket and artillery shelling, and airstrikes by warplanes on the Organization’s areas of presence and locations.
These advancement operations coincide with a new failure to reach an agreement between the regime and the organization and notables from al-Suwaidaa about abductees, of whom a 19-year-old boy was executed and a woman died in circumstances that remain unclear, since the terms of the exchange were not agreed upon, where this round of failures were not in the rage of negotiation about the abductees detained by ISIS since the 25th of July 2018, and the advancement process comes after the arrival of military reinforcements of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them to the countryside of al-Suwaidaa, also it comes within the framework of the regime forces to end the existence of the organization in al-Suwaidaa province, and to control the 5th province in Syria completely, after they controlled 4 provinces earlier: Damascus, Daraa, Quneitra, and Tartous out of the 14 Syrian provinces, while the regime shares control with other military forces in the remaining provinces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the regime forces in the areas where they advanced to carrying out renewed shelling, along with their continuous attempts to advance and remove the “Islamic State” organization from the province and impose their control over the entire al-Suwaidaa province, these advancement operation which brought the regime forces to areas near the administrative border with Rif Dimashq, have pushed the organization to move towards areas near al-Tanf military base, where the areas there are controlled by the International Coalition and the western-and-American-backed factions, and with the control of the regime forces over the next few days, the organization’s presence will be concentrated in Rif Dimashq Desert near the areas of presence of the Coalition and its supported factions in al-Tanf, while SOHR received information that the negotiations include a condition by the Organization to move regime’s members to Homs Desert in exchange for the release of the abductees, where the Organization is fearing that it would fall into full siege.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published in the past few days that the calm coincides with the continuation of the undeclared negotiations between the regime and ISIS, in order to find a definitive solution to the issue of abductees and carrying out conditions of the organization, by releasing its members and close personalities from the prisons of the regime forces and detention centers, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that uncertainty still surrounds the nature of the circumstances in which one of the abductees from the countryside of al-Suwaidaa died, where she was detained along with some 30 abductees from villages in the countryside of al-Suwaidaa, and have been held by ISIS since the 25th of July 2018, and in the details the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received: a woman died where the organization is holding the abductees during her detention period, after the deadliest and most violent attack in the countryside of al-Suwaidaa, which claimed the lives of some 260 civilians and armed men. Local sources said that the organization claimed through a photograph it sent to representatives of al-Suwaidaa province that she died because of a health conditions, but the villagers and her relatives accused the organization of killing her in response to the executions of its members which were carried out by the Syrian National Social Party and by gunmen loyalists in al-Suwaidaa city.
The death of this woman -which is shrouded in mystery- coincided with the undeclared negotiations between the organization and the regime, in an effort to find a complete solution to the issue of abductees and to implement the conditions of the organization by releasing members and persons close to it from the regime forces’ prisons and detention centers.