Syrian forces make gains in Dara'a Province's eastern countryside
Syrian government forces have liberated two villages in the Dara'a Province's eastern countryside as they warm-up for a major offensive against terrorists holed up in the region.
According to Press TV quoting the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday, the villages of al-Bustan and al-Shumariya were liberated during Syrian forces first advance in the area.
The UK-based observatory also noted an "ongoing escalation of shelling and clashes in eastern and northeastern parts of Dara'a Province."
"Intense Russian air strikes are hitting towns in Dara'a's eastern countryside for the first time since the ceasefire was agreed in southern Syria last year," claimed Observatory Head Rami Abdel Rahman.
Syrian forces also heavily shelled terrorist-held areas in the towns of Busr al-Harir and al-Hrak in the region and also carried out several airstrikes on the terrorists.
Syria's official news agency, SANA, confirmed the gains, noting the government forces targeted terrorist held area's with "precise strikes."
Last Month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that only Syrian government forces should maintain presence on the Arab country’s southern parts.
The recapture of Dara’a is highly important because it borders the occupied Golan Heights which Zionist regime has used to treat wounded terrorists for years. The territory's return to the Syrian government control would cut the much-reported collaboration between Zionist regime and terrorists and deal a blow to Tel Aviv's plans to annex the Golan Heights.