Rebel attack in northwest Syria triggers government response

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

That deal come after a ceasefire announced last week stemmed almost three weeks of regime bombardment on the symbolic wider province of the same name, which borders Jordan.

The Syrian government raised the national flag on Thursday over areas of Deraa city that have been in rebel hands for years, a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad in the eight-year-old civil war.

Syrian rebels in Daraa, the southern city, say their districts are being besieged by the Syrian military, and that they believe the fall of the city outright is imminent.

But the offensive, backed by Russian Federation, months after a brutal assault on the region around Damascus known as eastern Ghouta that killed 2,000 people and involved the use of chemical weapons, prompted the flight of more than a quarter of a million civilians from the area in one of the largest single displacements in the conflict.

The video shows the fierce battles fought by the Syrian army against the Islamist militants in the eastern countryside, which led to the liberation of Saida, Naima and the Air Defense Battalion.


With critical help from Russian Federation and Iran, Assad has now recovered most of Syria.

Syrian government forces bombed villages and towns in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday after a surprise attack by insurgents that reportedly killed two dozen soldiers, activists said.

Heavily outgunned, rebels in parts of Deraa province reached an agreement to surrender territory last week.

Rebels holed up in part of Deraa city are still in talks with Russian officers, with many of them aiming to secure safe passage to opposition-held areas of northern Syria, rebel officials said.

The Russian base has been a frequent target of attacks by opposition forces in recent months, the largest of which occurred in January when the Russian military claimed to have shot down seven of 13 drones that attempted to bomb the airbase, and jammed the others forcing them to land.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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