On Friday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s 132nd Brigade of the 5th Armored Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – launched a counter-assault at the strategic hilltop of Tal Za’tar after the Islamist rebels of Liwaa Thawar Souriya imposed fire control over the hill just 18 hours prior to this attack.
The counter-assault proved successful for the SAA’s 132nd Brigade and the National Defense Forces, as they were able to recapture Tal Za’tar from Liwaa Thawar Souriya before 4:30 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Friday, forcing the Islamist rebels to retreat west towards the town of Yadouda in order to evade the powerful aerial assault from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).
Tal Za’tar is strategically located to the west of Dara’a City; its proximity to the provincial capital’s western suburbs makes it an imperative military endeavor for the rebel forces that are attempting to besiege the city from three different flanks (west, south, and east).
However, Liwaa Thawar Souriya is not letting up their assault, despite the recapture of Tal Za’tar by the Syrian Armed Forces; instead, they are pounding the vital hilltop with a barrage of mortar shells and rockets in anticipation for a counter-assault, which could begin at any moment.
Inside Dara’a City, clashes between the SAA’s 132nd Brigade and the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” were reported at the Al-Manishiyah-Dara’a Al-Balad axis; however, there was no change in the ground situation as a result.