Russian battleships based in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired multiple long-range cruise missiles upon positions held by Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham and Southern Front at the Daraa al-Bilad district of the provincial capital on Friday.
The missile attacks were called in by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that has relied primarily on the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and artillery units to deter insurgent advances in Daraa.
According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, the Russian Navy retaliated to a rebel suicide bombing that struck the Al-Sanfor Checkpoint in the Al-Manshiyah district yesterday.
SAA commanders in Daraa city are reportedly looking to minimize government casualties and thus have refrained from sending in large quantities of infantry units into battle.
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The Russian Navy also occasionally fires ballistic missiles from its naval base in Tartous.
Daraa, the first city to witness anti-government protests in 2011, is split roughly 50/50 between the Syrian Government and various rebel factions.