The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Cautious calm in Daraa awaiting negotiations results | Above 20 local civilians and fighters killed by regime forces fire during largest escalation in three years


Casualties continue to rise in the past 24 hours in Daraa as some of those sustained wounds have passed away and other more death were documented. According to SOHR, number of civilians who have been killed by the regime rockets and gun machines are 11 including three children, one is under 18 years old in Daraa al-Balad and a man in Jasem, a woman and her female child and other three children and two men in massacre of al-Yadodah town.

Meanwhile, number of local fighters deaths who were killed in clashed with the regime forces shelling, reached nine including four fighters in Daraa al-Balad, one in Jasem, one in al-Mazareeb and three fighter including a leader who has been demanded to deport to north Syria by the regime.

On the other hand, eight soldiers of the regime forces have been killed in the clashes, It is worth noting that number of the deaths is expected to rise because some of the wounded sustained severe injuries.

Cautious clam has prevailed Daraa over the past few hours till the moment, with some shooting and exchange of machine gun in different areas in north and east Daraa. No information has been reported so far about results of the negotiations that took place in the Mala’ab al-Baladi between security leaders and officers in the 4th Division of the Syrian regime and representatives od Hawarn people and the Central Committee in Daraa under Russian mediation.

Yesterday, violent clashes and intensive bombardment continued on several frontlines in the eastern and western countryside of Daraa and in Daraa city, while local gunmen managed to capture more positions and checkpoints which regime forces were stationed in, as they have captured at least 18 positions since morning in Um al-Mayazen, Nasib, customhouse area in Nasib, al-Tayba, Sayda, Kahil, al-Harrak and al-Maliha in the eastern countryside of Daraa. Regime forces therefore have been expelled from these areas. Accordingly, 11 areas in eastern Daraa have become free of regime forces and security services, after air-force intelligence service had withdrawn yesterday from Sahwa, Alma and al-Msifra.

In west Daraa countryside, however, the local gunmen managed to capture six posts and checkpoints in Tasil, al-Bakarah and al-Shajarah, along with violent clashes nearby Inkhil, Nawa Tafas and Jasim in western countryside and in Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city.

The clashes throughout Daraa province have left more fatalities, as the number of local gunmen killed today have reached five, and they were as follows: a fighter in Daraa al-Balad and four fighters in the western countryside of Daraa, including a commander whom regime forces asked to leave to north Syria region. Also, eight regime soldiers were killed in the clashes.

Furthermore, the gunmen managed to capture over 40 regime soldiers and loyal militiamen during today’s clashes across east and west Daraa countryside.