Rising tension | Conflicts between Iranian-backed militia and 4th Division continue in southern Damascus
Damascus province: SOHR activists in southern Damascus have reported the escalating conflict between the Iranian-backed militia and 4th Division in the region. This conflict follows the blocking of side streets and major roads linking Sayeda Zeinab area and Babella and al-Hujayrah areas with soil barriers since March.
According to SOHR sources, security tension is growing in southern Damascus, as dozens of militants from al-Nujaba’ Movement have been deployed in farmlands connecting Sayeda Zeinab with Biala and al- Hujayrah districts with the aim to prevent the 4th Division from entering the nearby farms in areas around the positions where the Iranian-backed militias have been recently stationed.
SOHR, on May 2, the conflict between Iranian-backed militias and military groups of the 4th Division continued in the south of Damascus since March. This conflict followed 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 deployed troops along the roads and streets which were blocked, preventing people from traveling on them. However, the reasons behind these practices remained unknown.
According to SOHR sources, the disagreement noticeably escalated in the recent time, as some members and commanders of al-Nujaba’ Movement seized several farms and buildings between Sayeda Zeinab and Babella, where they were stationed. This development coincided with deployment of groups of the 4th Division in areas around the area where the Iranian-backed militias were recently stationed.
It is worth noting that this dispute came as a part of the ongoing “cold war”, as it did not turn into an armed fight.
A few days earlier, 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.