Al-Nusra militants attack Syrian rebels in Daraa

Rebels clash with Syrian government forces at Saif al-Dawla district in the northern Syrian. File photo

ARA News

Daraa, Syria – The al-Qaeda-linked group of Nusra Front seized the headquarters of the rebel brigade of the “Yarmouk Martyrs” in the town of Taseel in Daraa province, in southern Syria, following clashes between the two parties, local sources reported on Sunday.

Speaking to ARA News in Daraa, civil rights activist Mohammed Hassan said that members of al-Nusra Front stormed the town and took control of the headquarters of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), as well as seizing a military vehicle. 

“The clashes between both sides (Nusra and Yarmouk Brigade) spread to the town of Saham al-Jawlan, without causing casualties,” Hassan said. 

In Idlib, media activist Mohammed Salloum told ARA News that al-Nusra Front –backed by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham– took control of az-Zalana and al-Qaroot checkpoints in the camp of Wadi Daif in Idlib’s southern countryside, following clashes with the pro-regime forces.

“The two groups (Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham) took control of ad-Dabaan barrier of the al-Hamidiya camp as well.”

Salloum pointed out that members of al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham seized several military vehicles from pro-regime forces, in addition to the destruction of three tanks and two carriages (BMP) after targeting them with missile (of Taw and Mets types).

In the meantime, rebels of the Islamic Front announced on Sunday that the clashes resulted in the death of several pro-regime forces. 

The Islamic Front pointed out in a statement that the commander of the pro-regime forces in Wadi Daif’s camp, brigadier general Ghadeer Sulaiman, was killed after the rebels bombed an army building inside the camp with a mortar and homemade cannon.

This comes amid continued fighting in the southern countryside of Hama between the pro-regime forces and the militants of al-Nusra Front –backed by Ahrar al-Sham. 


Reporting by: Ahmed Hammad and Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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