The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

About 125 barrels and raids target Daraa city and countryside, kill 8 civilians including 3 infants gets more hospitals out of service

Daraa Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the countryside of Daraa is still witnessing for the 9th consecutive day the continued escalation of artillery and missile shelling, and aerial bombardment by helicopter and warplanes, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the warplanes since this morning carrying out more than 80 air raids targeting areas in al-Sora, Eastern al-Gharya, Saida, al-Msifra, Jiza, al-Hrak, Kahil, and Nahta in the eastern countryside, the town of Dael in the northern countryside of Daraa, and Tasil town which is controlled by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid –which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization in the western countryside of Daraa–, in conjunction with dropping more than 43 barrel bombs on areas in Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city, al-Sora town, and other areas in the eastern countryside of Daraa, which caused more destruction and damage to the infrastructure, medical centers, and citizens’ property, in addition to causing more casualties, where al-Jiza Hospital went out of work as a result of the shelling that targeted the hospital this morning, also Nasib hospital stopped providing services out of fear of being targeted which may cause a massacre, while it rose to 6, the number of hospitals that went out of service since the 19th of this month in the towns of al-Hrak and Bosr al-Harir, al-Msifra, Saida, Jiza, and Nasib, as well as two civil defense centers in Bosr al-Harir and al-Msikah.

This aerial and ground bombardment caused more casualties, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 8 citizens at least including 5 women and 3 children, they were killed in a massacre in Dael town in the northern countryside of Daraa, and 3 others were killed in bombardment by warplane on the towns of Jiza, Kahil, and al-Msifra, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation, to rise to 54 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 36 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 39, 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 also monitored the continuation of clashes between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against the rebel and Islamic factions, in areas in the vicinity and outskirts of Nahta town in the eastern countryside of Daraa, and the clashes were accompanied by exchange of targeting in the clash areas, and information about more casualties in the ranks of both parties, and the Syrian Observation published yesterday 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.