On Saturday morning, the 54 militias that make-up the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front” brigades launched another large-scale assault on the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate and the Golan Heights of the Al-Quneitra Governorate, striking the Syrian Armed Forces at the southern flank of both sites.

The Southern Front’s first assault began at the predominately Druze town of Hader, where the aforementioned group attempted to recapture the strategic hill at Tal Al-Hamr; however, this attack would prove unsuccessful and rather costly for the rebel groups, as the soldiers from Fouj Al-Joulan (Golan Regiments) repelled the enemy assault before nightfall on Saturday.

In addition to the rebel assault on Tal Al-Hamr, the Southern Front and their allies from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” attacked the towns of Al-Hamidiyah, West Al-Samdaniyah, Al-Rawadi, and Al-Ajram, resulting in another embarrassing defeat for the rebel groups to the forces of Fouj Al-Joulan and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra (Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade).

According to a source from the National Defense Forces (NDF) in Al-Quneitra, the Islamist rebel groups withdrew from the towns of Al-Hamidiyah and Al-Ajram after sustaining significant casualties to the Druze militias in the province.

Meanwhile, on the Dara’a front, the Southern Front attempted to breach the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at the Al-Manashiyah Quarter of the provincial capital; however, they were repelled by the SAA’s 5th Armored Division after a series of firefights that resulted in the death of over 20 enemy combatants.

The Syrian Armed Forces were able to make some progress on the Dara’a Front, as the 5th Armored Division pushed closer to the rebel-held Dara’a Al-Balad Quarter of the provincial capital, thanks in large part to the Syrian Arab Air Force’s relentless airstrikes on the Southern Front’s positions.

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