On January 21, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division deployed large reinforcements in the southern governorate of Daraa.
According to local sources, the reinforcements, which came from the capital of Damascus, were deployed in the district of al-Dahiyah, near the western entrance of Daraa city.
The reinforcements included ten battle tanks. At least four of the tanks were T-72 “Adra,” a local upgraded version with a heavy add-on armor especially designed for urban warfare.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the reinforcements may have been deployed to support an upcoming operation by government forces in Daraa’s countryside. This is yet to be confirmed.
The monitoring group has documented 46 attacks in Daraa since the start of 2021. These attacks claimed the lives of 23 people, categorized as follows:
- nine Syrian soldiers, intelligence officers and pro-government fighters;
- seven former rebels;
- seven civilians.
Last year, the 4th Division deployed similar reinforcements in Daraa. Back then, several sources claimed that the SAA is preparing to launch a large operation to end chaos in the governorate. Nevertheless, nothing happened.
A large-scale operation by Syrian government forces could improve security in Daraa, especially if it was carried out in coordination with former rebels.
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