DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:20 P.M.) – After more than a month of relative calmness, frontlines in southwestern Dara’a countryside bursted with violent firefights as militants of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) launched an assault on Adwan hill controlled by jihadists of Jaish Halid ibn Al-Walid group.
Clashes were ongoing for several hours ending with FSA fighters complete withdrawal towards starting points.
Two FSA militants were reportedly killed as a result of clashes, before their commanders decided to retreat, being unable to break through enemy defenses.
Jaish Halid ibn Al-Walid is a Dara’a branch of the so-called “Islamic State”. The group of former Syrian armed opposition militants pledged allegiance to IS in 2015.
Jihadists control a small pocket in southwestern part of Dara’a province that borders with both Jordan and Israel.
Local IS media wing has published a number of images taken at the frontline today:
This is not the first attempt by FSA militants to advance in the area. On May 9, they launched a powerful attack on IS positions on the same axis, only to suffer a bitter defeat with heavy casualties.