The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) had their hands full on Saturday, as militant contingents from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) engaged the loyalist forces in a number of areas, resulting in an increase of bloodshed.
In the strategic town of Kafr Shamis, the SAA’s 7th Mechanized Division targeted the integral hill of Tal Ghayyan, fighting their way to the northeast perimeter before withdrawing to allow the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) to bombard the Jabhat Al-Nusra militants positioned around this rugged area.
On the opposite side of Tal Ghayyan in Kafr Shamis, the SAA’s 7th Division attacked a small contingent from the FSA that was attempting to flee the town to Ghabghab – 4 of the militants were killed and the other 8 were captured.
The militants of the FSA continued their offensive at Ghazali in the Izra District, attempting to capture the Apricot Orchards in the southwest sector of the town; however, they were unable to breach the 5th Division’s frontline defenses.
Saturday morning in Dara’a Al-Balad was engulfed with violence, as the NDF attacked the FSA headquarters at the Mail Center, resulting in the destruction of the large storage room that the latter used to stockpile weapons and supplies.
Fierce clashes erupted between the SAA’s 5th Division and FSA on the road to Simleen and Rasm Al-Madoureh in Tal Al-Yat; these firefights lasted for approximately 3 hours until the SAAF began to bomb the area.
Fighting was also reported on Saturday in the following areas: Sayda, northwest Itman, Kafr Nissaj, Tal Al-‘Alaaqiyah, Tal Hamad, Tal Al-Mal, Inkhil, Tal Al-‘Antar, and Dilli.
Identified militants killed on Saturday: Mazen Halmi Al-Masri, ‘Abdel-Rahman ‘Abdel-Majeed Al-Masri, Yasser Ahmad Al-Ghazawi, Mustafa Suheil Taweel, ‘Izat Na’im Nouress, ‘Abdullah Sami Al-Fareed, Samir Yasseen Al-Za’adi, ‘Usama Wassam Abu Hadi, and Jamaal Isma’eel Al-Kareem.