On June 5, unidentified gunmen attacked a military vehicle of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the eastern Daraa countryside.
According to local sources, the gunmen targeted the vehicle as it was passing on a road between the towns of Gharaz and Om Elmiathin. Two service members were killed and a third one was injured.
The killed soldiers were identified as Ahmad Nuri and Hussam Dahbor. Both soldiers were serving in the ranks of the 4th Division. This was the second attack on 4th Division personnel in Daraa during the last ten days. On May 31, a 4th Division soldier was assassinated in Daraa’s city center.
The attacks are apparently meant to deter the SAA, which amassed a large strike force in Daraa in the last few weeks. The army is preparing to launch a large-scale security operation in the governorate. The 4th Division, which established several checkpoints in northeast Daraa recently, will reportedly play a key role in the operation.