Late on February 6, local gunmen attacked a number of posts and checkpoints of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the town of Kanakir to the south of the capital, Damascus.
Opposition sources said that the attacks were carried out in response to the killing of Naim Abdul Rahim al-Zamil, a former rebel from Kanakir. According to the sources, al-Zamil was shot and killed by a local pro-government group led by Walid Hafez, who is affiliated with the SAA’s 4th Division.
Al-Zamil was reportedly a fighter in the Free Syrian Army’s al-Furaqn Brigades, which was active in Southern Damascus and al-Quneitra in the early years of the Syrian war.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the SAA deployed reinforcements in Kanakir after the attacks, which didn’t result in any losses.
The attacks are a violation of the reconciliation agreement that was reached in October of last year. The agreement spared Kanakir an operation by the SAA, which was planning to hunt down armed radicals in the town.
The situation in Kanakir is reportedly calm now. However, the army will not likely let the recent attacks pass by. A military escalation seems to be likely.
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