The convoy of Daraa’s governor, Louay Kharita, who is aligned with the Syrian regime, was struck by an explosive device on a Monday afternoon while travelling along the Damascus-Daraa highway.
According to the Snack Syrian website, known for its close ties to the Syrian regime, the incident occurred in the vicinity of Mahjah, a town located on the northern outskirts of Daraa.
The explosion resulted in one of Kharita’s companions sustaining injuries. He was promptly transported to the Daraa National Hospital for medical attention. Remarkably, the Governor of Daraa himself emerged unscathed from the incident, subsequently returning to his office to resume his duties as usual, as reported by Snack Syrian
The Ahrar Horan Gathering network also reported that a number of regime forces were injured when an explosive device targeted a military vehicle of the Hilux model on the Damascus-Daraa highway near Mahja.
As of now, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for this incident in Daraa. The governorate has been grappling with a surge in assassinations, kidnappings, thefts, and armed robberies since the regime, with Russian and Iranian support, took control of it in July 2018.
Who is behind the violence?
A former prominent figure within the Free Syrian Army has verified to the Ahrar Horan Gathering that the deliberate targeting of regime officials and military patrols is a direct response to the mounting violations committed by Syrian regime forces and Iranian-backed militias against the populace in Daraa governorate.
The incursions initiated by Syrian regime forces and local militias into the residences of individuals sought by authorities in Daraa’s urban centers and towns necessitate corresponding actions. These patrols often establish ambushes and impromptu checkpoints, with the intention of apprehending dissenters and individuals unwilling to join the regime’s armed forces, as explained by the source.
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