On August 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured several positions in the areas of Qubr al-Sheikh Hassan, Umm Mrazkh and Tell Ghanim north of the governorate of al-Suwayda, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The Syria-based al-Suwyada-24 blog said that the SAA killed more than 30 terrorists and captured one during its advance. Furthermore, the SAA destroyed two ISIS vehicles in Tell Ghanim.
In the course of the clashes, ISIS fighters ambushed a large unit of the SAA in the heavily fortified area of al-Safa. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 8 Syrian soldiers were killed and more than 60 others were injured in the ambush.
The SAA is advancing slowly inside ISIS’ pocket north of al-Suwayda in order to insure safety of about 30 civilian hostages, who were abducted by the terrorist group earlier this month.