المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Eastern Sweida countryside | State Security agent killed in clashes with smuggling ring

Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that the area of Dhahr al-Jabal, east of Sweida, has witnessed clashes between gunmen and agents of the regime State Security, fowlloing a raid by State Security agents on the site of a kidnapping gang in the area. The clashes resulted in the death of one State Security agent and other of the armed gang.

This comes at a time when Sweida is witnessing a security chaos and the large-scale proliferation of kidnapping and robbery gangs.

On October 4, Reliable SOHR sources confirmed that regime military has deployed troops in Al-Qurayah and Samma areas in the western countryside of Al-Suwaidaa, on the administrative border with the eastern countryside of Daraa.

The recently deployed troops’ objective is to prevent any future clashes in the wake of the growing tension in the area between local gunmen from Al-Suwaidaa on one hand, and the 8th Brigade of the Russian-backed 5th Corps. It is worth noting that military operations between both sides escalated dramatically in late September, leaving over 115 casualties.

On Friday, SOHR sources reported that “Ahmed Al-Ouda” the leader of the 8th Brigade of the Russian-backed 5th Corps appeared in a video footage, of which the Syrian Observatory obtained a copy, talking about the dramatic military escalation in “Al-Arab Mountain” and “Hawaran Plain” in the western countryside of Al-Suwaidaa,

“Al-Ouda” accused Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah of “supporting armed gangs in Al-Suwaidaa in order to wreak havoc and help them with the Iranian schemes in southern Syria region”.

“We had to think rationally and logically in order to defuse the disagreement between the adjacent provinces of Daraa and Al-Suwaidaa, but the plots of mercenaries were stronger than the wise people’s efforts” the Russian-backed commander added.

“Al-Ouda” concluded his statement saying “we will be like sharp swords eliminating every one serving to stir up strife and fighting.”

It is worth noting that at least 28 gunmen were killed and tens others were injured in the bloody clashes in western Al-Suwaidaa, near the administrative border with Daraa province, between the NDF and local factions from Al-Suwaidaa province on one hand, and the Russian-backed 5th Corps on the other.

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