DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:30 P.M.) – Rebel forces reported new gains in Daraa on Thursday as clashes continued to embroil the Al-Manshiyah district in the southern sector of the city.

At least 11 soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were killed today as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) contingents overran the Salkhidi fortification, bringing roughly 80% of the Al-Manshiyah suburb under rebel control.

In comparison, the SAA controlled around 75% of Al-Manshiyah three weeks ago. This neighborhood has witnessed daily jihadist attacks, often utilizing suicide bombers, since the FSA and HTS launched a joint offensive dubbed ‘death over humiliation’ in February.

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Nevertheless, elements of the SAA’s 15th Mechanized Brigade alongside the Republican Guards still maintain a foothold in the northern Al-Manshiyah sector.

Meanwhile, credible reports suggest at least a thousand SAA and Hezbollah reinforcements will arrive in Daraa shortly from Zabadani and Madaya, two rebel-held towns in rural Damascus that were restored under government control earlier this week.

Statements by joint HTS and FSA operations center regarding today’s advance:

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News

Meanwhile, Russian airstrikes and Syrian shelling continued to target insurgent positions, hitting the suburbs of Deraa Al-Bilad, AL-Manshiyah and Tareeq Al-Sad on Thursday:

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News

Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
Chris Tomson | Al-Masdar News
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  1. I wonder why the fck SAA doesnt leave disguised thermobaric mines in every corner 500 mtrs around main fortifications and blast the rats once they are getting overrun a simple gas canister could with a 7kg core of TNT surrounded by diesel would burn to a crisp any living thing in 50 mtr radio, seriously I just don’t get why they don’t prepare traps when they have the upper hand in contested areas a combination of different remote controlled mines including armour piercing for VIEDs is urgently needed and it doesn’t take great cost nor expensive technology to do it