المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Tens of explosive barrels and shells as well as about 160 raids target Daraa province raising the death toll to at least 40 civilian casualties since the start of escalating the shelling on its cities, towns and villages

Daraa Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that the aerial and artillery shelling by the regime forces and their helicopters and by Russian warplanes, renewed on Daraa countryside, where the regime forces shelled areas in Daraa Al-Balad in Daraa city, while the warplanes targeted areas in Al-Sorah town and areas in Sayda town, in the eastern sector of Daraa countryside, which killed a person and injured others, while a person died affected by the injury he had as a result of bombardment by warplanes on areas in Adwan village in the north-western countryside of Daraa, raising to at least 8, the number of people who have been killed since today dawn, Tuesday, due to bombardment by warplanes on the cities and towns of Nawa, Abtaa, Al-Sorah and Adwan, and the death toll is expected to increase due to the presence of injured cases in serious conditions, thus, it rose to 40 citizens at least including a woman and her son, in addition to 7 women and 2 child girls, as well as 2 members of the civil defense, the number of citizens whose death has been documented by the SOHR as a result of the aerial, artillery and rocket shelling by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them on several villages and towns in Daraa countryside, since the 19th of June 2018, the SOHR also documented the death of 33 members at least of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them including officers who were killed in the shelling and clashes during the same period, in Daraa countryside, while it rose to at least 32, the number of  fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions whose death was documented by the Syrian Observatory in the aerial and ground shelling and violent clashes, and information about more human losses in the ranks of the both parties, as a result of the presence of injured cases in serious conditions and there is information about missing persons whose destiny is not known until now.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the decreased pace of fighting on the contact lines in Daraa city and its eastern countryside, between the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them against the rebel and Islamic factions, while the number of raids which targeted Daraa province today, exceeded 158 raids, along with bombardment by tens of explosive barrels, in addition to shelling by tens of shells and missiles believed to be ground-to-ground, which caused further material damage to the property of the citizens, and the Syrian Observatory monitored during the past few hours, that the clashes were concentrated in the vicinity of the airbase which is located in the south of Daraa city, in an attempt by the regime forces to reach the Jordanian border and separate between the factions’ controlled areas in the Eastern countryside of Daraa and its western countryside, after they managed today morning, Tuesday, to separate Al-Lajat area and its vicinity from the rest areas controlled by the factions through taking the control of Bosr Al-Harir and Maliha Al-Atash towns, and the clashes were coincided with intensive exchange of targeting, amid renewed bombardment by warplanes on Al-Musayfirah, Al-Karak Al-Sharqi and other areas in the eastern countryside of Daraa, which caused further material damage and destruction of the infrastructure.

The Syrian Observatory published this morning, that the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them were able in the evening to control the strategic towns of Bosr al-Harir and Mlehat al-Atash in the eastern countryside of Daraa, where this control enabled them to connect Izra’a city with al-Suwaidaa Province, in addition to isolating the northeastern countryside of Daraa, but it is not known until the moment whether the areas north of Bosr al-Harir still have faction fighters. This control operation came with intense cover of fire during the last few days of hundreds of airstrikes by Russian warplanes and helicopters, in addition to the violent and heavy missile shelling using hundreds of missiles and shells, and the regime forces on Monday were able to achieve more advancement within al-Lajat area and expanded their control to 7 villages, where the regime forces seek to control the entire area located in the northeastern countryside of Daraa.

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