Dozens of Syria pro-regime fighters killed in rebel attack

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

At least "14 regime and opposition fighters who recently reconciled were killed in a suicide auto bomb attack targeting a military position in Zaizun", said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, giving an updated toll.

"At least 27 regime forces and allied fighters, including eight officers, were killed in fierce clashes and shelling in the village of Al-Ateira", said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

A suicide vehicle bombing on Tuesday killed 14 newly reconciled fighters from pro-government and rebel ranks in an attack on a south Syrian village claimed by the Islamic State group.

Another 40 government loyalists were wounded and six rebels were killed, he said.

In retaliation, the government and its ally Russian Federation pounded rebel-held areas in Latakia and neighbouring Idlib, killing four civilians, the monitor group said.

Al-Ateira lies about two kilometres south of the Turkish border.

Russian Federation began providing direct military assistance to government forces in late 2015 after the Syrian government asked for help in its nationwide fight against hardline Islamist terrorists.

Syrian state vehicles, accompanied by Russian military police, entered an area of Deraa city on Thursday to raise the national flag over an area held by rebels for years, witnesses said, leaving President Bashar al-Assad poised for another big victory in the seven-year-long Syrian conflict. The city was scene of the first Assad protests in March 2011 that escalated into a war that has killed an estimated half a million people.

That area falls under a de-escalation deal agreed a year ago between Russian Federation, fellow regime backer Iran, and opposition ally Turkey.

Government forces have not yet begun their assault but rebels nearby hit the IS-held area with artillery and mortars late Monday.

Furthermore, they said that intervening in Syria to fight Daesh and other terrorist groups is legal, but only if Syria is "unable or unwilling" to do so itself. This is effectively the last of the rebel holdings in Syria's south.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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