On May 25, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group Shabab al-Sunnah shelled the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the western al-Suwayda countryside. The group claimed that it was responding to the SAA shelling on the key city of Busra al-Harir in the eastern Daraa countryside.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported that the SAA had shelled several positions of the FSA in the southern part of Daraa city with mortars. The SOHR claimed that a single civilian had been slightly injured in the shelling.
A day earlier, a large convoy of the SAA was shelled by fighters of the “al-Bunyan al-Marsous” operations room after it had arrived to the Shilka Battalion in the northern part of the city of Daraa.
These incidents are another proof that the SAA and its allies are about to launch a large-scale military operation in southern Syria against the FSA. Several sources even confirmed that the SAA and Russia had already sent a final warning to the FSA groups in several key towns of Daraa governorate.