On June 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the valley of Ar’ar and the village of Rasm Hatite in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside following heavy clashes with the remaining fighters of ISIS there, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS fighters had launched a limited counter attack on a position of the SAA at M’ar’ar Hill, which was liberated a day earlier. According to the news agency, ISIS fighters killed 12 soldiers and officers of the SAA during the clashes there.
ISIS fighters also destroyed two battle tanks of the SAA in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside with an ATGM and a rocket-propelled grenade, according to Amaq.
The Syrian al-Suwayda 24 blog said that the SAA had killed five fighters of ISIS during the clashes in M’ar’ar Hill. The blog also confirmed that the terrorist group had failed to recapture the strategic hill.
The SAA launched its military operation against the remaining cells of ISIS in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside on June 2. So far the SAA has recaptured several areas including M’ar’ar Hill, the village of Ashrfya and the area of Beir Aura.