The Damascus government is currently negotiating with ISIS in order to free 30 women and children, who were abducted by the terrorist group during the brutal attack on the eastern al-Suwayda countryside last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 1.
In exchange for the women and children, ISIS wants the Damascus government to release around 100 of its fighters, who were captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the western Daraa countryside and to allow them and their families to leave towards the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.
According to the pro-opposition monitoring group, the negotiations faced a major setback when former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) executed around 40 fighters of ISIS in the western Daraa countryside. However, the negotiations have not collapsed yet.
Local observers believe that ISIS will eventually release the women and children as it has no other option to save its remaining fighters. Once the hostages are freed, the SAA and local fighters will likely launch a large scale military operation against the remaining cells of the terrorist group in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.