On June 2, three members of the reconciliation committee in southern Syria named “Tufiq al-Ghunim”, “Mohamad al-Ghunim” and “Mufaq al-Bargas” were assassinated in the northeastern Daraa countryside, according to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi.
Reportedly, unknown gunmen ambushed a car which was carrying the three men on the road between the villages of al-Musayfirah and al-Ghariyah al-Sharqiah. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The region in which the three men were assassinated is under the control of the US-backed militant group Shabab al-Sunnah. on May 26, the group warned in an official statement that it will “punish” anyone who would attempt to contact the Damascus government to negotiate a reconciliation agreement.
Due to this, local observers believe that Shabab al-Sunnah was behind the assassination of these three members of the reconciliation committee especially that the victims were negotiating with the Damascus government.
The assassination of these three members of the reconciliation committee reveals that the militants in southern Syria are highly disturbed by the military buildup of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the region.