The Syrian Arab Army’s 7th Mechanized and 9th Armored Divisions – in cooperation with Hezbollah (Party of God) – have continued their southern front offensive targeting the villages of Kafr Shamis and Kafr Nissaj in the Dara’a Governorate.

On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) participated in the battle for the first time since the beginning of this offense; previously, they were bogged down due to the poor weather reported in northern Dara’a over the weekend.

The reemergence of the SAAF allowed for necessary cover over the soldiers attempting to break-through the Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front’s” (Jabhat Al-Nusra) frontline defenses in both Kafr Nissaj and Kafr Shamis.

Following the SAAF’s bombardment in the wee hours on Sunday morning, the 9th Division and Hezbollah attacked Kafr Nissaj and Tal ‘Antar, attempting to breach the Al-Nusra Front fortifications atop of these hilly areas.

Fighting is still ongoing in Kafr Nissaj and Tal ‘Antar, as Hezbollah fighters are relentlessly pushing their way up the hills and towards the Al-Nusra Front gunmen.

Meanwhile, at Kafr Shamis, the 7th Mechanized Division benefitted immensely from the SAAF’s bombardment, advancing through the green hills inside the village and killing at least 20 Al-Nusra Front and Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants entrenched inside.

According to a military source, 43 Syrian Arab Army soldiers have been killed and another 113 have been wounded during the offensive in northern Dara’a. There has been no confirmation on the number of dead Hezbollah fighters, despite claims by Opposition activists stating that over 100 have been killed.

In Al-Lijaat, the SAA – in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) from Sweida – carried out an assault on “Liwaa Al-Mujahireen” and “Jaysh Al-Yarmouk” in this rugged area, killing 11 militants and capturing 3 others.

 

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