Syrian troops find Israeli medicine in militant hospital

28 July, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Syrian army advances in southwest against IS militants

After decades of calm, tensions began flaring up in the Golan with the 2011 uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The attacks took place in and around the government-held city of Sweida, state media and monitors reported.

However, the SOHR claimed at least four bombers had carried out attacks in the city and added that some civilians were taken prisoner by IS militants and moved to desert areas controlled by the terror organization north of the provincial capital.

The rare attacks in Sweida came amid a government offensive elsewhere in the country's south.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces are now fighting to capture the last-remaining rebel villages in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

The White Helmets have operated in opposition-held parts of Syria throughout Syria's seven-year civil war. It said the dead included civilians, pro-government fighters and IS militants.

Earlier this week, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that it said had breached Israeli airspace.

Islamic State lost almost all the territory it once held in Syria a year ago in separate offensives by the Russian-backed army and a US -backed militia alliance.

SOHR and Syrian official media said that suicide attacks were conducted in a Sweida market and other villages in the province of the same name at the same time.

"All Islamic State terrorists and missile systems were destroyed by a pin-point retaliation strike of the Israel Defense Forces warplanes and artillery", the ministry said.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 26, 2018 shows Syrian army soldiers carrying the national flag in the village of Hamidiya in the southern province of Quneitra.

"Reports according to local police, the number of victims of the explosion and attacks in es-Sweida and its suburbs has risen to 100 people, wounded 176".

The Observatory also reported bodies found killed inside homes and that the militants had also abducted some residents, their fate unknown.

With the help of Russian air power, the Syrian army has been hitting IS in a separate pocket further west, near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Many local vigilante groups set up checkpoints across the city as fears persisted of renewed attacks, another resident contacted by phone said. Syrian and Russian planes have been bombing the ISIS-held territory intensively in recent days.



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