Daraa governorate – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights:
SOHR sources say that an IED exploded in the car of a member of the regime’s 4th Division, working as a narcotics dealer, in the town of Tel Shihab in western countryside of Daraa governorate, causing material damage.
On February 16, SOHR sources reported that unknown gunmen shot dead a drug dealer in Jillin Residences in western Daraa.
South Syria region, including Daraa province, experiences prevalence of narcotics trafficking, as drugs are smuggled to and from Syria by the Lebanese Hezbollah and its affiliates and “collaborators” from the region. It is worth noting that Jordanian authorities have foiled several attempts to smuggle narcotics between the two countries.
Since the beginning of the security chaos in Daraa in early June 2019, Syrian Observatory activists have documented more than 916 attacks and assassination attempts by gunfire and detonations of IEDs, motorcycle-bombs and car-bombs. These attacks and assassinations claimed the lives of 600 persons, categorised as follows:
- 170 civilians, including 12 women and 16 children
- 267 regime soldiers, loyalists and collaborators with regime security services
- 114 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
25 members of the so-called 5th Corps which was established by Russia.