On August 29, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intensified its strikes on the remaining gunmen in Daraa al-Balad, the southern part of Daraa city.
The army’s elite 4th Division targeted Daraa al-Balad with battle tanks, heavy machine guns and dozens of improvised rocket-assisted munitions in what appears to be an attempt to subdue the gunmen and force them to leave the area. Heavy clashes were also reported on the main entrance of the area.
In the morning, a Syrian policeman was killed and two others were wounded when Daraa al-Balad gunmen shelled the bus station in the northern part of Daraa city.
Meanwhile, local leaders in Daraa al-Balad announced that talks with Syrian authorities had collapsed as a result of the SAA’s recent attacks.
The central negotiation committees in Daraa countryside threatened Syrian authorities with a “war” if the SAA didn’t end its operations in Daraa al-Balad.
These threats will not likely stop the SAA, which may escalate its operations in Daraa al-Balad even further in the upcoming few days. The army could launch a ground attack on the area to put an end to the crisis.
Earlier this week, more than 50 wanted gunmen left Daraa al-Balad under an agreement with Syrian authorities that was facilitated by Russia. Nevertheless, the remaining gunmen in the area are clearly not willing to leave. Local leaders are taking their side, thus sabotaging any possible agreement with Syrian authorities.
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