June 21, 2018 - 14:43 AMT
Syrian military launches big assault in Daraa

Militant groups in northeast Daraa were awoken in the wee hours of Thursday, June 20 by the sound of heavy airstrikes and surface-to-surface missiles fired by the Syrian military, Al-Masdar News says.

The Syrian military unleashed a massive assault across rural Daraa, targeting several areas controlled by militants.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Air Force (SyAAF) heavily targeted the towns of Busra Al-Sham, Busra Al-Harir, Tal Al-Harrah, Nahteh, Al-Musaykah and Al-Hirak, inflicting immense damage on the rival's defenses there.

According to a military source in Daraa, the Syrian Air Force specifically struck a Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham base that was located inside the town of Al-Hirak.

The source added that more than ten fighters from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham were dead or wounded as a result of this powerful airstrike.

Meanwhile, in east Daraa, the Syrian Army relentlessly targeted the rival's defenses with surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells inside the towns of Busra Al-Sham, Busra Al-Harir, Nahteh and Al-Musaykah.

A source told Al-Masdar around midnight that the Syrian military had effectively cutoff the militant supply lines from Masifrah to Al-Karak and Masifrah to Umm Wald.

The Syrian Army has yet to make any push on the ground; however, that could change in the coming hours, as they continue to press militant groups in southwest Syria.