On Wednesday evening in the Al-Quneitra Governorate, a convoy of Islamist rebels from Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham (largest rebel group) were ambushed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division and the Golani Regiment (Fouj Al-Joulani) of the National Defense Forces (NDF) along the road to the internationally contested Sheba’a Farms, resulting in the death of a number of militants and the destruction of their vehicles.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Islamist rebels were traveling from the nearby town of Beit Jinn towards the Sheba’a Municipality; this area is contested by both Syria and Lebanon, but the territory is usually recognized as part of the latter.
The Islamist rebels were believed to be traveling towards the Lebanese border in order to evade the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah border guards nearby.
This is the second time in two weeks that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies have caught a convoy of Islamists attempting to cross the Syrian boder from Lebanon.
Typically, the Islamist rebels prefer the less arduous route through the rugged terrain leading to the Qalamoun Mountains from Jaroud ‘Arsal; however, these roads have a large concentration of Syrian Arab Army soldiers.