'Unknown militants' target Syrian regime soldiers manning Daraa checkpoints

Syrian regime soldiers targeted in rocket attack by 'unknown militants' in Daraa province
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16 November, 2019
Three Syrian regime soldiers have been injured in attacks by unknown militants in Daraa Province, which has been restive ever since the Assad regime took control of it in 2018.
Regime soldiers have suffered attacks in Daraa since 2018 [Getty]
Three Syrian regime soldiers have been injured following an armed attack on checkpoints they were manning in Daraa province in southern Syria.

The area was previously held by Syrian rebels but came under Assad regime control in July 2018 following a ceasefire agreement.

Media activist Mohammed Al-Hourani told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that unknown assailants launched a rocket at a checkpoint belonging to the regime’s feared Air Force Intelligence Directorate outside the town of Al-Sahwah, injuring two regime soldiers.

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Another regime soldier from the Military Security Branch was injured when unknown militants attacked a checkpoint in the town of Sanamein. A third checkpoint was attacked in the town of Hara, with no information regarding casualties.

Several areas of Daraa also saw protests against the regime and allied Iran-backed militias on Friday.

Daraa province has been restive since the Assad regime took control of it last year, with frequent attacks on checkpoints and protests against the government, as well as regime arrests of former rebels and activists in violation of the ceasefire agreement.

An unknown organisation calling itself the "Popular Resistance" occasionally claims responsibility for the attacks.

The Syrian conflict began in 2011 following the suppression of peaceful protests by the Assad regime. More than 500,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced since then, mostly as a result of regime bombardment of civilian areas.

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