The Syrian Arab Army and security forces had stepped up their security measures in different parts of the southern governorate of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 4.
According to the London-based monitoring group, government forces established the following new fortifications:
- A checkpoint between the towns of Jasim and Kafr Shams in northern Daraa;
- A checkpoint between the towns of al-Harah and Zimrin in northern Daraa;
- A new military post in the outskirt of al-Harah.
The SOHR also revealed that fresh reinforcements were deployed near the towns of Namar, Simlin, al-Harah, al-Jabi and Jasim.
In the last few months, a series of attacks targeted Syrian service members and local fighters in Daraa. ISIS claimed responsibility for some of them. Other terrorist groups and foreign sides, including the Israeli intelligence, are believed to be responsible for the rest.
The most recent attack took place on August 4, an informant of the Syrian intelligence was assassinated by gunmen on a road between the towns of Tafas and Muzayrib in the northern Daraa countryside.
Government forces’ new measures will likely improve security in northern Daraa. Nevertheless, more measures need to be taken. Government forces should improve coordination with local fighters.