Photo courtesy of SANA

The Syrian rebels suffered a major setback in Al-Quneitra yesterday, as the Syrian Arab Army, backed by the Druze militia known as “Jaysh Al-Muwahhideen” (“Army of Monotheists”), successfully cutoff the supply line from Jordan to the Golan near the imperative village of Al-Yadouda. The supply line is imperative to the rebels seeking reinforcements near the Israeli border with Syria. According to SANA, the Syrian Arab Army is within 1,300 meters away from the villages of Al-Yadouda, Al-Mizireeb, and Kharab Al-Sham.

Meanwhile in Rif Al-Quneitra, the members of Jabhat Al-Nusra remained under heavy bombardment from the Syrian Arab Army near the border crossing into Israel. Clashes between the Syrian Arab Army’s 7th Division and Jabhat Al-Nusra erupted early this afternoon, when the SAA’s infantry attempted to breach the enemy’s frontline. A military source stated that the SAA was able to gain ground near the heavily fortified hill adjacent to the border crossing; however, due to heavy gunfire from Jabhat Al-Nusra, the SAA had to withdraw approximately 300 yards east.

Heavy firefights broke out near the Al-Quneitra Hospital between the Syrian Revolutionary Forces (SRF) – an opposition militia – and the Syrian Arab Army, resulting in a bloody morning for many involved in the battle. Rockets and mortar shells hit the hospital, causing material damage to the building. The patients inside the hospital were successfully evacuated and transferred to a safe area.

Syrian tanks have reportedly entered the “no tank zone” near the Israeli border; despite this revelation, the Israeli military has yet to respond with any aggression. Last week, the Israeli Army bombarded the Syrian Arab Army’s command posts near the border crossing; this forced the Syrian Arab Army to evacuate the area, ultimately leading to Jabhat Al-Nusra’s capture of the area.

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