In the early hours of September 14, the remaining fighters of ISIS in the area of al-Safa, north of the governorate of al-Suwayda, ambushed a unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which was attempting to advance there, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
Rami Abd al-Rahman, the director of the SOHR, claimed that 21 soldiers of the SAA were killed. However, these claims have not been confirmed by any pro-government source so far.
Following the ambush, the SAA clashed with ISIS fighters and shelled several positions of the terrorist group in al-Safa. Eight members of ISIS were reportedly killed.
A day earlier, the SAA imposed control of several caves, hills and lakes in Qa’a al-Banat and Qabr al-Sheikh Hassan in the northwestern and western parts of al-Safa after heavy clashes with ISIS terrorists.
According to the SOHR, over 244 fighters of ISIS have been killed since the beginning of the battle in al-Suwayda more than a month ago. However, local observers believe that hundreds of other terrorists are still hiding in the heavily fortified area.