The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“People want to topple the regime” | Nearly 3,000 demonstrators mourn death of leaders and former opposition fighters in Daraa

Observatory activists have monitored nearly 3,000 civilians participating in mourning the death of leaders and former opposition fighters in the city of Daraa al-Balad, chanting slogans calling for the overthrow of the Syrian regime, holding the Syrian regime and its security services the responsibility for yesterday’s attack.

The identity of the gunmen who targeted former opposition leaders and fighters in Daraa province is still unknown.

Yesterday, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car on the Damascus-Daraa international highway, and then set the car on fire. The attack led to the killing of the prominent leader “Adham al-Karad” with four other people, two of whom were former opposition leaders in Daraa, after unknown gunmen attacked the car they were traveling in, near Tabnah junction in Izraa city in northern Daraa.

It is worth noting that “Adham Al-Krrad” is a prominent former opposition commander, the commander of the artillery regiment in the operations room of “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsus”. And he is reputed to have said “Down with Moscow, but Daraa will never fall”.

However, he had struck a reconciliation deal with the regime forces after they took control of Daraa. His killing was the most significant assassination in Daraa since the Syrian regime took control of Daraa.

Since the beginning of the security chaos in Daraa in early June 2019, Syrian Observatory activists have documented more than 714 attacks and assassination attempts by gunfire and detonations of IEDs, motorcycle-bombs and car-bombs. These attacks and assassinations claimed the lives of 474 persons, categorised as follows:

  • 130 civilians, including 12 women and 15 children

  • 211 regime soldiers, loyalists and collaborators with regime security services

  • 89 fighters of factions that struck “reconciliation and settlements” deals with the regime and became in the ranks of regime’s security branches, including former commanders

  • 23 Syrian militiamen affiliated to the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian forces

  • 22 members of the so-called 5th Corps which was established by Russia.