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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Squadrons of Russian warplanes continue to destroy Yarmouk Basin and target the area by more than 80 raids in 8 hours

Daraa Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Russian warplanes continue to fly over Yarmouk basin in the countryside of Daraa, in conjunction with targeting the area continuously since midnight of yesterday until now, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the flight of squadron of warplanes and carrying out more than 80 raids on the towns of Sahm al-Golan, Tasil, Ayn Thakar, al-Hayt, and other towns that are under the control of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” Organization in Yarmouk Basin, amid more destruction in the infrastructure due to these strikes, and the Syrian Observatory published last night that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continued aerial, artillery and rocket shelling on the controlled areas of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid in the western sector of Daraa countryside, where towns and villages in Yarmouk Basin witnessed continued shelling by artillery and rocket shells, as well as shelling by missiles believed to be ground-to-ground, along with bombardment by warplanes and helicopters affiliated to the regime and Russia on the towns and villages controlled by the army which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” Organization, which caused further destruction to the property of the citizens, while it rose to at least 2085, the number of strikes which were carried out by warplanes and helicopters affiliated to the regime and Russia, amid shelling by hundreds of missiles and artillery and rocket shells as well as mortar shells, on the area, since the 19th of July 2018, the date of starting the military operation against Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid.

In the same context, the clashes are continuing at violent pace, accompanied by intensive exchange of targeting between the regime forces supported by the gunmen loyal to them against the members of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” Organization, in places in the vicinity and outskirts of Yarmouk Basin, and the clashes are concentrated in the vicinity of the area of Sayda Al-Golan, the vicinity of Tal Al-Jumou’ and the area of Jilin, accompanied by exchange of targeting in the clash areas, amid information about detonating booby trapped vehicles in the area, which resulted in the fall of more human losses, raising the number of casualties of the members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them to 43 persons at least, while it rose to at least 61, the number of casualties of the members of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” Organization, while tens of members in the ranks of the both parties were injured with varying severity, where the death toll is expected to increase due to the presence of injured cases in serious conditions, while it noteworthy that the Syrian Observatory published on last Friday, that this intense shelling was coincided advancement by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid in the wake of the emptying factions’ controlled areas adjacent to the areas that are controlled by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid in Yarmouk Basin, where it advanced in the areas of al-Bakkar, al-Jbyliyyeh, al-Ma’alaqa, al-Maja’eid, Ayn Zubeida, al-Abdali, Abu Hajar, and other areas adjacent to them, which expanded the size of areas controlled by Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid to about 8% of Daraa Province area, also this is the second expansion of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization in the vicinity of the Yarmouk Basin, after their controlled days ago Hayt town, following violent clashes against the rebel and Islamic factions that carried out “reconciliation” with the regime, where back then an agreement imposed on them to hand over their heavy weapons and to withdraw towards other areas in Daraa province, and these insane bombardments and shelling also come with the continuation of fears for lives of more than 30000 civilians taken as human shields by Jaysh Khalid, where the civilians continue to flee the towns which are under Russian holocaust in the area, towards border areas with the occupied Syrian Golan.

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