On September 12, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) imposed fire control of large part of the heavily fortified area of al-Safa following heavy clashes with ISIS fighters, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“Army units thwarted new attempts by terrorists of Dahesh [ISIS] organization to flee from al-Safa in the eastern countryside [of Damascus] after violent clashes that resulted in the death and injury of many of them and the destruction of a vehicle armed with a heavy machine gun,” the SANA’s reporter in al-Suwayda added.
Meanwhile, Syrian pro-government sources revealed that the SAA lost 14 soldiers and killed 7 ISIS members while advancing in al-Safa, which is located north of the governorate of al-Suwayda.
According to a report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the battle in northern al-Suwayda, which began on July 25, resulted in the death of 238 ISIS fighters and 117 Syrian soldiers. The battle was triggered by an attack carried out by the terrorist group on several villages in eastern al-Suwayda, during which more than 250 people were killed.