‘South Storm’ Rebels Strike Regime Base With Homemade Missile

Missile hits regime operations room in al-Manshiya, Daraa, a week after rebels announce Operation South Storm

A military spokesman for Operation South Storm said a homemade missile destroyed a Syrian armed forces operations room in the Old City of Daraa, the Syrian Media Commission reported on Monday.

The spokesman, Abu Qusai, said rebel fighters of the South Storm attacked a regime operations room in the neighborhood of al-Manshiya, Daraa al-Balad, using a homemade surface-to-surface missile.

The missile, dubbed 'The Storm', weighed in at 500 kg of explosives, Abu Qusai said.

Last Wednesday, rebels launched Operation South Storm in an attempt to eliminate the presence of regime forces and its allied militias in Daraa, according to a rebel video statement.

Rebels in Syria’s south have recently inflicted significant defeats on pro-Assad forces in the past three months, notably by capturing the Nasib border crossing with Jordan on April 1.

The southern region, including Daraa, is of strategic importance due to its proximity to Damascus and neighboring states Israel and Jordan. It is also the last significant foothold of moderate rebels, who have mostly been crushed elsewhere in Syria by government forces or jihadist groups, according to AP.


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