On July 27, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and local fighters repelled a new attack of ISIS on their positions in the village of Shbeiki in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside, according to Sham Hamdan, a reporter of the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that the SAA manged to repel the attack and said that ISIS fighters shelled Shbeiki with mortars, in what appears to be a desperate attempt to penetrate the SAA defense lines.
Following the failed attack, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) conducted a series of airstrikes on hideouts and positions of the terrorist group east of the governorate of al-Suwayda.
More than 200 civilians, including women and children, were killed as a result of a large attack of ISIS on Shbeiki and several other villages in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside two days ago. Dozens of other civilians were reportedly kidnaped by the terrorist group during the attack.
Meanwhile, the SAA began deploying armored units in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside in preparation to launch a large-scale military operation to eliminate the remaining cells of ISIS in the Damascus desert. Thousands of local fighters are expected to participate in the upcoming operation.