BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has seized another town in the eastern countryside of the Daraa Governorate today.
According to a field report from the government stronghold of Izraa, the Syrian Army advanced south of the recently captured Battalion 49 Base to reach the town of Alma.
Not long after reaching the town, the Syrian Army reportedly entered Alma with ease, as they received little-to-no resistance from the militants.
With the rebels on the run, the Syrian Army seized Alma to advance to the western outskirts of Al-Hirak, which is a militant stronghold in east Daraa.
The Syrian Army now has Al-Hirak surrounded from three sides, including the western, northern, and eastern flanks of the town.
Since the morning, the Syrian and Russian air forces have been heavily pounding Al-Hirak, launching more than 40 airstrikes in a bid to force the rebels out.
Despite the intensity of the airstrikes, the rebels have remained inside of Al-Hirak, as they have vowed to fight the Syrian Army there.
Should they capture Al-Hirak from the rebel forces, then the Syrian Arab Army will be in position to strike the historical city of Busra Al-Sham and eventually seal the provincial border of the Sweida Governorate.