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Syria: Regime Forces Killed in IED Attack in Daraa

Syria: Regime Forces Killed in IED Attack in Daraa

Thursday, 18 July, 2019 - 10:15
A man drives a motorcycle through a damaged neighbourhood in Daraa Al-Balad, Syria June 23, 2015. (File photo: Reuters)
Beirut, London – Asharq Al-Awsat
At least 6 members of the regime forces were killed when an IED detonated in a bus carrying them to al-Maftarah area in Daraa, south of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) terrorists targeted a military car on al-Yadouda Road, west of Daraa, as a “number of army personnel were martyred and others were injured.”

SOHR Director Rami Abdul Rahman told Agence-France Presse (AFP) that 6 members of the 4th Division of regime forces died as a result of the IED explosion which targeted a bus carrying them, while 15 others were injured.

The Observatory was unable to determine who was behind the attack. It also reported that unidentified gunmen targeted the car of a colonel of the regime forces near Sheikh Saad village in Daraa, killing him along with his wife and son.

On July 15, SOHR published that a number of unidentified gunmen believed to be of the “popular resistance” used machine guns and RPG to target Zayzoun Camp of the 4th Division in the western countryside of Daraa, injuring members of the Division.

In the summer of 2018, the Syrian army regained full control over Daraa, following a military operation

Since then, Daraa has been in a state of security chaos, with hundreds of people arrested, including those who have agreed to the settlements with the regime's forces, which have also obliged many into forced conscription. This angered several residents, especially the factions that agreed to the settlements, according to the Observatory.

A few months ago, a limited number of Daraa residents participated in protests against the practices of the regime's forces.

In March, residents also protested a statue of former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad hoisted in the same place where a previous statue was removed by demonstrators in 2011 in Daraa.

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