Intense aerial and missile bombardment on areas west and northwest of Daraa and the mid-sector countryside of Al-Quneitra coincid with attack by the regime forces to achieve greater control
The Syrian Observatory for Human rights monitored intensive aerial and missile bombardment and shelling targeted the hill of Mahs, its surroundings and outskirts, which is located west of Namar town northwest of Daraa and areas on the administrative borders between Quneitra and Daraa, where warplanes and helicopters continue their flighty over the area since midnight of yesterday until the morning of today, accompanied by carrying out intense escalated raids by warplanes this morning in conjunction with dropping barrel bombs by helicopters amid missile shelling, all this come with an attack carried out by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them on sites of the factions, in order to take control of the hill after they significantly expanded their control yesterday, and the aerial bombardment wounded about 14 persons in al-Alya area and other areas on the administrative borders between Daraa and Quneitra, and preliminary information about the death of several of them.
The Syrian Observatory published last night that the developments are still continuing in the Syrian South, in terms of the military operations and negotiations, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that the residents in more villages and towns in Al-Quneitra countryside, raised the internationally recognized Syrian flag, where the villages and towns of Suwaysah, the eastern Zubaydah, the western Zubaydah, Al-Dawayah Al-Kabirah and Qarqas, have raised the flag, in conjunction with marches and demonstrations supporting the regime forces inside these areas, after the same flags had been raised in Al-Hajjah, Al-Qsibah and Ayn al-Tina, and after imposing military control by the regime forces on MasHara town and its hill, as well as their ability to impose their control almost completely over the part of Daraa included within the Muthallath al-Mawt (the triangle of death) in the north-west of the province.
The reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that the explosion whose sound was heard today at sunset in Al-Hara area, was caused by detonating a booby trapped vehicle which targeted the regime forces and their allies, and resulted in the fall of confirmed human losses in their ranks, where Jaysh Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed which pledges allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization adopted the detonation, within the area where Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham used to be presented before they withdrew today from the foot of the hill of Al-Hara, while the aerial and rocket shelling and clashes between the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them against the factions, resulted in the fall of more human losses, where it rose to at least 43 including 7 officers -one of them is a regiment commander- the number of casualties in the ranks of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, while tens others were injured with varying severity, while it rose to at least 43, the number of fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham who were killed in the same circumstances.
And the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that about 1000 displaced people including hundreds of children and women, returned from the border with the occupied Syrian Golan to Tafas area, where the regime forces prevented them for hours from the entry to their controlled areas, until they are allowed to enter and return to the areas from which they have been displaced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also learned that 3 towns (Al-Hajjah, Al-Qsibah and Ayn al-Tina) witnessed the raise of the internationally recognized flag of the regime, as a part of an initial declaration about the residents’ acceptance of the “settlement and reconciliation” within the regime forces’ process of expanding their control inside Daraa province and Al-Quneitra countryside in order to end the presence of the factions in the Syrian South, after they managed to take the control of MasHara town and its hill, and expanded their scope of control in the central countryside of Al-Quneitra, while the Syrian Observatory published hours ago, that the regime continues its operation on the military and “reconciliation” axes, to expand its control rapidly within Daraa province at the expense of the opposition factions who split into two parts, one preparing to depart toward the Syrian north and the other one that want the “reconciliation and settlement” under the control of the regime forces, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored people of al-Nemr town in the northwestern countryside of Daraa raising pictures of the Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad and the internationally-recognized flag of the regime, after consultations and discussions about adding the town to regime forces’-controlled areas, while the regime forces were able after a series of air and artillery strikes to achieve an advancement and re-impose their control on the hill of al-Hara, and by that, the regime forces expanded their control to about 90% of Daraa Province, and the factions retreated to the third rank in terms of influence within Daraa province, while Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization advanced to the second place; in terms of influence within Daraa province, by controlling about 7.2% of the area of the province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also learned that negotiations are still taking place about the remaining areas, which are Nawa and its surroundings in the northwestern countryside of Daraa, so the regime forces complete their control over all areas of the opposition in Daraa Province.