For the first time in years, regime’s helicopters drop barrel bombs on areas controlled by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid on the border with the occupied Golan • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

For the first time in years, regime’s helicopters drop barrel bombs on areas controlled by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid on the border with the occupied Golan

Daraa Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: explosions shook again areas in the western countryside of Daraa, caused by dropping 16 barrel bombs by helicopter on areas in the towns of Beit Saham and Jellin, which are under the control of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid in the countryside of Daraa, where 12 barrel bombs of them were dropped on Sahem al-Golan town which caused material damage, but no information about casualties yet as a result of the strikes of regime’s helicopters that targeted the area for the first time in about 3 years, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of violent clashes between the rebel and Islamic factions against Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid, which of swore Allegiance to the “Islamic State” Organization in the vicinity of Hayt town and other areas in Yarmouk Basin in the western countryside of Daraa, where the clashes has been taking place since the dawn of today between both parties, in an attempt by Jaysh Khaled Ibn al-Walid to advance and inflict the greatest possible number of casualties among fighters of the factions, and attempting to expand its control which is to about 250 km² , about 6.6% of the size of Daraa Province’s area, also the Syrian Observatory received information that the regime forces received an area near Tafas and near the contact lines with the areas that are controlled by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid in Yarmouk Basin.

The Syrian Observatory published this morning, Wednesday, the 11th of July 2018 that the Russian warplanes started carrying out raids on al-Yarmouk Basin, where this morning they have targeted Sahem al-Golan town (which is under the control of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization) for the first time since they entered Syria, in support for the factions that are under violent attack by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid in Hayt town, while 30000 civilians are still trapped in Yarmouk Basin area, and they are still prevented from getting out by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the Organization, where it is taking them as human shields.

The Syrian Observatory published last night that the area of Yarmouk Basin in the western sector of countryside, is witnessing a state of alertness, as a part of preparations for a wide-scale military operation by the regime forces and their allies in the area, where intersected sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that it will by against Jaysh Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed, which carried out a detonation today targeting a gathering of the regime forces in the brigade of Zayzun west of Daraa, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the regime forces have brought a column of tens of vehicles, armored vehicles and tanks, from Al-Sanamayn area in the northern countryside of Daraa, towards the western countryside of Daraa, as a part of mobilization by the regime forces to start a military operation against Jaysh Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization, the SOHR also monitored that the latter raised dirt barriers along the contact lines with the factions’ controlled areas and the contact areas with the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them, along with preventing more than 30,000 citizens by Jaysh Khaled from leaving the villages and towns of Yarmouk Basin in the western sector of Daraa countryside, where the intersected sources confirmed to the SOHR that the organization took those people who were prevented from leaving its areas, as human armors to prevent the regime forces to target its areas and to take a shelter in them, amid fears for the lives of the citizens remaining in the villages and towns which are under control of this army in the west of Daraa.

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