The Free Syrian Army is conducting a military operation in the contested Daraa province in southern Syria with the aim of opening a military supply line to the town of Nawa.
An opposition media activist told NOW on Friday that rebels began offensives in several Daraa towns in parallel with an operation to take a number of villages outside Qunaytra in the nearby Golan Heights.
“Nawa’s grand battle began on July 16 after a two-year occupation by the Syrian regime and the FSA was able to free 14 checkpoints in one day, in addition to taking control over [the regime’s] Al-Shaykala and Al-Tabiya battalions,” Abou Ons—a member of the Nawa opposition media office—said.
“The Syrian regime besieged Daraa’s Nawa and shelled it non-stop, which prompted a number of other battalions to intervene in order to free the city and open a supply line from Nawa to the Al-Yarmouk Valley,” he added.
“A supply operation has begun through a surprise attack against regime forces, who have control over the villages of Al-Sheikh Saad and Adwan.”
The offensive comes amid reports that FSA battalions in the Daraa province have received increasing quantities of armaments from abroad as well as training in neighboring Jordan.
This article is a translation of the original Arabic.