On August 20, intense clashes broke out between former rebels in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa, which is held by government forces.
The conflict reportedly erupted when the Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) had carried out a security operation in the town of Umm Walad in eastern Daraa on August 19. MID officers arrested Sheikh Ibrahim Turki al-Ayoub, who works with the 5th Corps, along with two other locals.
During the operation, the MID received support from local fighters working for two former rebel commanders known as Muhammad Ali al-Lahham and Emad Abu Zureik.
In an act of revenge, local fighters close to Sheikh al-Ayoub attacked and burned the houses of al-Lahham and Zureik on August 20.
This led to intense clashes in Umm Walad. According to several sources, including the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a local fighter was killed and two others were injured as a result of the clashes.
The fighters working for al-Lahham and Zureik and the others supporting Sheikh al-Ayoub all joined the reconciliation process in 2018.
Umm Walad clashes are an illustrative example of the deteriorated security situation in Daraa. The rule of law is becoming weaker in the governorate. Dozens of attacks were reported there over the past few months.