Three days after losing the strategic Battalion 82 Headquarters, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 5th Infantry Division countered the militant offensive with a fierce attack of their own, resulting in the recapture of the Oxygen Plant (Ma’amal Oksijeen) and Niqta Al-Masarat near the rebel-held city of Sheikh Miskeen in the Dara’a Governorate.

As a result of this success, the 5th Division pushed their way to the outskirts of the Battalion 82 Headquarters, targeting the northern entrance of the base; however, the 5th Division was unable to infiltrate the Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front’s” (Jabhat Al-Nusra) frontline defenses due to the heavy shelling and gunfire they encountered.

Following the 5th Division’s attack, they withdrew from their positions at the northern outskirts in order to regroup with a National Defense Forces (NDF) contingent approaching Battalion 82.

The Southern Front Brigades of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) continued their offensive at the village of Dilli north of Sheikh Miskeen, bombarding the 5th Division near the southwest sector and gaining ground in the direction of the village-center.

In Busra Al-Sham, the 5th Division confronted a contingent from the Al-Nusra Front near the famous Roman Amphitheater – fierce firefights broke-out between the groups, resulting in the death of 8 Al-Nusra militants and 3 SAA soldiers.

Intense firefights continued in the city of Deir Al-‘Adas between the SAA’s 7th Division and members of the FSA – no further details from the battle.

 

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