On October 28, ISIS fighters repelled a new attack of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on their positions in the heavily fortified area of al-Safa, which is located north of the governorate of al-Suwayda, according to the terrorist group news agency, Amaq.
ISIS claimed that its fighters killed 16 personnel of the SAA and destroyed a battle tank and a bulldozer with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) during the clashes in al-Safa.
A source in the SAA’s 9th Division, which is participating the attack in al-Safa, confirmed to SouthFront that ISIS repelled the army attack. However, the source said that the clashes resulted in the death of two soldiers and the injury of two others only.
Earlier this month, the Damascus government and ISIS cells in al-Safa reached an agreement, which forces the terrorist group to withdraw from the area and to release more than 20 civilian hostages, who were abducted in a brutal attack in late July. However, it appears that ISIS violations led to the collapse of the agreement that was allegedly sponsored by Russia and the U.S.
In its first response, the SAA resumed its military operations in al-Safa on October 27. Now, the army is planning to deploy the elite 4th Division around the area in order to increase the pressure on the terrorist group.