DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 A.M.) – Wednesday proved extremely costly for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) destroyed a number of insurgent targets in the border city of Daraa.
Relying mostly on artillery, missiles, Syrian choppers and Russian jets, the SAA pounded suspected militant positions across the city, targeting rebel-held positions in the Tareeq Al-Sad, Al-Bahar, Al-Abasiyah, Deraa Al-Bala and Al-Manshiyah neighborhood.
Aerial sorties were even conducted on the nearby town of Naseeb near the Jordanian border while the SAA tried to regroup units in the northern sector of the Al-Manshiyah district to launch a counter-offensive.
According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, the bombardment resulted in the destruction of three tanks, one BMP-1, six technicals, 4 hell cannons and a TOW missile launcher.
Scores of HTS and FSA fighters were killed as well although AMN could not determine the total death toll. However, many militants were confirmed dead online, including:
Usamah Al-Shareef (Ahrar Al-Sham spokesman)
Walid Abu Khaled
Abu Hamza Kuwyah
Yesterday is believed to be the single most costly day for rebel forces since they began their “death over humiliation” offensive back in February.
Nevertheless, the FSA, Ahrar Al-Sham and HTS have captured some 80% of the Al-Manshiyah suburb and are still trying to dislodge government troops from their final northern foothold in the district.
Below, the Ahrar Al-Sham spokesperson can be seen along with other fighters killed due to aerial raids and shelling.