There has not been much rest for the soldiers fighting in northern Dara’a, as the constant barrage of aerial bombardments by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) and intermittent clashes between the rebels and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has left little time for sleep amid the chaos surrounding this rural area.
Despite their initial success at Deir Al-‘Adass, the SAA’s 7th Mechanized Division and 9th Armored Division – in cooperation with Hezbollah (Party of God) – are facing significant resistance from the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) 1st Brigade and the Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front” (Jabhat Al-Nusra) at the village of Kafr Shamis.
Earlier today, the 7th Brigade led the charge into Kafr Shamis, attempting to break-through the rebel defenses; however, the rugged terrain and fierce resistance from the enemy combatants forestalled the attacked, resulting in the withdrawal of the heavy armory.
A joint attack would follow two hours later, when Hezbollah fighters stormed a small hill after a heavy aerial bombardment by the SAAF weakened the rebel defenses; thus, allowing Hezbollah to stake their positions northwest of the hill.
According to a military source, there is no confirmed number of dead for either side, but he did state that clashes between the opposing forces are still in progress.
The Syrian Defense Minister, General Fahd Jaassim Al-Freijj, made a surprise visit to his embattled soldiers in northern Dara’a and southern Rif Dimashq – he was pictured congratulating and corresponding with the SAA soldiers on this front.
Identified militants killed in Dara’a:
- Yazen Khaled Al-Wadi
- Mideen Hassan Al-‘Assi
- Rabiyya Jamaal Al-‘Issa
- Hassan Habib, Mazen Hussein
- Ghassan Hammoud
- ‘Aamar Ma’zir
- Wasseem Sharif
- Qusay Al-Jaber
- Ibrahim Al-Hassan Al-Shaqeer
- Mohammad Nihad Al-‘Ali
- Mohammad Qassem Al-Mohafezheh
- Sa’eed Khayrou Al-Sibsibi
- Mohammad Al-Nameeri
- Aymen Al-Sa’ad
- Ma’an Ahmad Al-Yousif
- Mustafa ‘Anas Al-Moqdad