Inside of the Daraa Governorate, the opposition militant groups and more specifically the famed “Southern Front” attempted another ill-fated infiltration campaign into the provincial capital’s northern sector; this time the offensive was dubbed the “Southern Storm”, which focused on securing the eastern axis of the city.
Despite the usage of VBIEDS (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) or as they’re unofficially dubbed on social media “suicide bombers”, the rebel forces (Furqa Fallujah Houran and Liwaa Thuwar Souriya) remained, as of yet, unable to penetrate into Syrian Arab Army’s defensive frontlines, making no tangible gains in the progress of the assault.
Further reports have indicated that over 160 opposition militants have been killed within less than a 24 hour timeframe (no official confirmation), including the commander of Houran Martyrs Battalion “Hassan Mohamad Al-Saleh” and numerous fighters within Jeish al-Yarmouk who tried several attacks even after the initial one was unsuccessful.
Despite this and the SAA fully securing Tal Za’tar, opposition fighters continue to shell the Baathist Party headquarters within the city and have made numerous confirmed ATGM (Anti Tank Guided Missile} strikes on the SAA tanks and equipment within the city and outside it’s peripheries.
It is unlikely that the rebel forces will give-up this military endeavor in the coming weeks, as they have set their sights on capturing this provincial capital for quite some time.