An attack with an improvised explosive device (IED) had claimed the life of Issa Al-Janati, a former rebel commander in al-Quneitra, Enab Baladi reported on August 19.
A source close to al-Janati told the pro-opposition outlet that the IED attack had taken place near the commander’s house in the town of al-Zubaidah in al-Quneitra countryside on August 17. Al-Janati died of his serious wounds, while his wife was slightly injured.
Al-Janati, who is known by his nom de guerre “Abu Wassim,” was a senior commander in the Free Syrian Army. In 2018, he joined the reconciliation process. Nevertheless, he refused to enlist in the Syrian Arab Army or any pro-government faction.
According to Enab Baladi, local sources in al-Quneitra believe that Hezbollah and Branch 220 of the Military Intelligence Directorate were behind the assassination of al-Janati.
This was the first assassination of a former rebel commander in al-Quneitra. Such assassinations are taking place on a regular basis in the neighboring governorate of Daraa. In the most recent attack, that took place on August 18, Hassan Mansour al-Roudan, a former commander of the Tribes Army, was killed in eastern Daraa.
Opposition activists believe that Hezbollah and the Syrian intelligence were behind many of the recent assassinations. However, there is no evidence to back these accusations.