On July 19 afternoon, a unit of the Syrian Police was ambushed in the eastern countryside of Daraa by unidentified gunmen.
According to local sources, the gunmen targeted the unit’s vehicle, a Toyota Hilux pick-up, with machine guns as it was passing on a road between the towns of Nahtah and al-Hrak. The gunmen managed to escape.
As a result of the ambush, Maj. Ghadek Iskandar, head of al-Hrak’s Police department, was killed. Five other policemen were reportedly injured.
The attack may have been carried out by ISIS. The terrorist group’s cells are active in the eastern Daraa countryside. In the last few months, ISIS terrorists carried out many attacks against government service members and local fighters in the region.
The Syrian Arab Army captured the remaining opposition stronghold in Daraa in 2018. Most of the radicals were exiled to the north back then. However, some managed to stay.
Syrian government forces and local fighters have notable difficulties in the field of coordination of their efforts as they should to secure Daraa. Russian officials are holding meetings with both sides on a regular basis to improve the situation in the governorate.