Early on June 14, unidentified gunmen attacked a police station and a center of the General Intelligence Directorate in the town of Jasim in the northern Daraa countryside.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), heavy clashes broke out around the targeted positions. Eventually, security forces managed to foil the attack.
“the heavy clashes last for several hours, no information on human losses were received,” the UK-based monitoring group said in a report.
Opposition activists said a new group dubbed the al-Sarout Regiments has claimed responsibility for the attack. The alleged group is named after Abdul Baset al-Sarout, a rebel commander and a so called “icon” of the opposition that was killed by the Syrian military in northern Hama more than a year ago.
These claims are yet to be verified. The attack may have been carried out by ISIS cells in Daraa. The so-called al-Sarout Regiments may be just a cover to hide the terrorist group’s activities in the southern governorate.
Syrian service members and local fighters in Daraa are being targeted on a regular basis. A day earlier, an explosion in the city killed three former rebels.