BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) heavily bombarded the northwestern part of the Dara’a Governorate this morning, following the assassination of a reconciliation delegate from the town of Tal Al-Harrah.
According to a military report, the Syrian Army launched several artillery shells and missiles towards Tal Al-Harrah and a few nearby villages in retaliation for the death of a local doctor that was part of the reconciliation delegation in northwest Dara’a
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed that this bombardment resulted in the death of a half dozen people, making this the deadliest day in southwest Syria in the last two months.
On Thursday, the Syrian Army postponed their offensive in an effort to continue reconciliation talks with the opposition in southwest Syria; however, later in the day, Dr. Mousa Qanbas of the reconciliation delegation in Tal Al-Harrah was assassinated by unknown assailants.
This assassination infuriated the Syrian military commanders in southwest Syria, as there is an agreement to not target reconciliation delegates.