Terrorists from the extremist and Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front attacked the de-escalating zone in southern Syria. Government forces, along with Free Syrian Army fighters who surrendered, and backed by the Russian Aerospace Force, have repelled the attack, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria reported.
“During the day yesterday, militants of the Al-Nusra Front attacked the settlements in the southern deescalation zone that voluntarily surrendered to the side of the legitimate government. Government troops, along with units from the Free Syrian Army and with support from the Russian Aerospace Force, repelled the attack,” the statement said.
According to the information, the terrorists lost three armored vehicles, 14 pickups with machine guns of great caliber and suffered 70 fatalities. Government forces did not sustain casualties, as for the Free Syrian Army, there are no data made available.
On Sunday, another village in Daraa province in southern Syria moved to the government side. Thus, there are already 12 settlements in the south of the country that have moved to the side of government forces since the Syrian Army began their offensive days ago.
Earlier, a number of Free Syrian Army units in 11 villages in the south of the country joined government troops to fight against terrorist groups like ISIS and the al-Nusra Front.
Meanwhile, Russia has been playing a key role in smashing terrorist defenses in Dara’a province with ens of airstrikes occurring daily. This comes as the Syrian Army prepares to liberate the eastern countryside spearheaded by the elite Tiger Forces units, with the 4th Mechanized Units and the Republican Guards focusing on Dara’a city.
So far several villages have been liberated by the Syrian Army but not major towns of note yet.
Yesterday the US also warned terrorist groups operating in southern Syria for them not to expect the US to intervene on their behalf.