On November 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division backed by security forces carried out a security operation in the southern outskirt of the Daraa city.
The operation took place in the areas of al-Shayah and al-Nakhlah. The army and security forces searched for several wanted personnel.
During the operation, government forces clashed with a number of former rebels. At least two people were injured in the clashes, which saw the use of heavy weapons.
The Horan Free League said local fighters working for the Military Intelligence Directorate took part in the operation. Daraa’s Central Committee, a coalition of former rebel factions, was also aware of the operation.
The operation provoked a group of local fighters in western Daraa, who captured an SAA post in the town of Jailin. The fighters also abducted two officers and ten soldiers. Moreover, local fighters shelled a checkpoint of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate in the town of Kerak. The SAA quickly responded with artillery strikes.
The abduction of the Syrian service members may lead to a serious escalation in western Daraa. Usually, Russian mediators resolve such issues within a few days.
The situation in Daraa is slowly spinning out of control. Government forces are not the only side facing challenges in the governorate. Local fighters are deeply divided and they are being targeted on a regular basis.
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