Several routs blocked | Conflict sparks between Iranian-backed militia and 4th Division over position of headquarters in south Damascus
Damascus Province – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Reliable sources have told SOHR that the conflict between Iranian-backed militias and military groups of the 4th Division has continued in the south of Damascus since March. This conflict follows the blocking of side streets and major roads, connecting Sayeda Zeinab area and Babella and al-Hujayrah areas, with soil barriers by the Iranian-back militias. In addition, the Iranian militias have been deployed troops along the roads and streets which have been blocked, preventing people from traveling on them. However, the reasons behind these practices remained unknown.
According to SOHR sources, the disagreement has noticeably escalated in the recent time, as some members and commanders of al-Nujaba’ Movement have seized several farms and buildings between Sayeda Zeinab and Babella, where they have been stationed. This development coincided with deployment of groups of the 4th Division in areas around the area where the Iranian-backed militias have been recently stationed.
It is worth noting that this dispute comes as a part of the ongoing “cold war”, as it has yet turned into an armed fight.
A few days ago, members of the 4th Division attempted to open one of the roads blocked by the Iranian-backed militiamen between al-Hujayrah and Sayeda Zeinab, but the militiamen forced the heavy machineries, which were attempting to lift the soil barriers, to suspend their work following an altercation between the two sides.
While on March 18, SOHR activists reported the blocking of the road between Sayeda Zeinab and Babella in the south of Damascus with soil barriers for unknown reasons.