Syrian Opposition Advances East of Daraa

Rebel factions advance in eastern Daraa, taking control of regime military facilities in the city of Bosra ash-Sham

Syrian rebels have seized regime military sites in the city of Bosra ash-Sham in the eastern countryside of Daraa.

The victory came following an attack by a number of opposition factions, including al-Muthanna Islamic Movement and Ahl as-Sunnah Brigade, against regime forces stationed in the city of Bosra ash-Sham. Rebels claim their objective was to seize areas the regime was using to shell opposition-held areas east of Daraa.

An source from al-Muthanna Islamic Movement said: "At least 15 regime soldiers were killed during clashes in the city of Bosra ash-Sham and the town of Bacca, after opposition factions targeted a military convoy on the road between Barad and Bosra with mortars and heavy machine guns to prevent the enforcement from reaching Bosra. Regime forces were pushed to withdraw from a number of locations in the city, while using helicopters to prevent the advance of opposition factions".

Regime helicopters bombed the city of Bosra ash-Sham and its surrounding plains with heavy artillery and more than 18 barrel bombs. The shelling of opposition-held areas in the region led to the martyrdom and injury of a number of civilians and combatants, who received aid in field hospitals in nearby towns.


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