On Thursday morning, the 54 brigades of the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front” have launched a large-scale offensive that is targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive strongholds at the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate and the strategic town of Ghazaleh, which is located directly south of the 5th Armored Division’s headquarters in the city of Izra’a.
The Southern Front – in coordination with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defense’s at the western perimeter of Dara’a City, where they initially achieved success at the Dara’a National Hospital and the nearby Air Force Intelligence Building; however, this was a costly advance, as the militant groups suffered over two dozen casualties to take the National Hospital.
Despite their success at the National Hospital, the FSA’s Southern Front and Jabhat Al-Nusra were unable to bypass the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive positions, as the latter secured the city’s barriers after a series of fierce firefights around Dara’a Al-Balad and Al-Manasheer.
Meanwhile, in northeastern Dara’a, the Southern Front Brigades and Jabhat Al-Nusra attempted to cutoff the Syrian Armed Forces’ main supply route on the Damascus-Dara’a Highway; however, once again, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to repel this assault at the Qarfa-Namir axis after a two hour firefight that resulted in the militant groups withdrawing from this area.
According to a military source in Dara’a City, firefights are still ongoing between the Syrian Armed Forces and the militant groups, but the majority of these clashes have dissipated as nightfall descends upon this province in southern Syria.