On Thursday morning, a fighter loyal to Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham blew himself up in Daraa amid an ongoing attempt by rebel forces to break through government fortifications in the city.
The car bomb struck positions held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the Al-Sanfor Checkpoint in the southwestern Al-Manshiyah district. The attack was followed by a series of firefights in the neighborhood; neither side gained any ground during these clashes.
Al-Masdar News was not able to confirm with its military sources whether the SAA suffered any casualties due to the attack.
In response to the suicide bombing, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) intensified its sorties on insurgents in Daraa city throughout the day. According to the Syrian Opposition, over 300 Russian and Syrian airstrikes have been conducted on Daraa in the past 11 days.
On February 12, Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham and Southern Front launched their joint “Humiliation rather than death” offensive that ultimately looks to expel the SAA from Daraa city.
Pictures of today’s SVBIED (suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device):
Majd Fahd contributed to this report.