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Southern Front Controls West of Busra al-Sham

Around 75 pro-Assad fighters killed in clashes with rebel groups as Southern Front takes control of large swathes of the historical town
Southern Front Controls West of Busra al-Sham

Fighting has killed at least 75 regime soldiers in the town of Busra al-Sham, southern Syria, a rebel commander said.

Rebels took complete control of the western part of Busra al-Sham to the center of the ancient town, according to activists.

Major. Isam al-Rayyes, the Southern Front’s spokesman, told Zaman al-Wasl that 75 pro-Assad fighters were killed on Tuesday as the key rebel group aims to cleanse the town of pro-regime militias.

Rayyes has also accused Assad's ally and Iranian proxy, Hezbollah, of looting the ancient town of its heritage.

Rebels have also killed the commander of the Syrian army’s 313 Brigade, a Zaman al-Wasl reporter claimed.

The Syrian air force conducted eight air strikes on Busra al-Sham in retaliation, targeting the town with two barrel bombs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A majority of Daraa’s rebels belong to the Southern Front, which includes some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream opposition groups, operating from the Jordanian border to the outskirts of Damascus and the Golan Heights.

Syria's conflict, now in its fifth year, has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions.

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