The Assad regime has resumed the dropping of barrel bombs on the town of Alharra in rural Dara’a, killing and injuring dozens of civilians, mostly children, in the past two days. Three civilians, including a woman, were killed and many more wounded when four barrel bombs hit the eastern side of the rebel-held town on Tuesday morning.
The renewed barrel bombing on the town, coupled with artillery and rocket shelling on the nearby strategic Alharra hill for over two weeks, is aimed at forcing residents of the town to agree to a so-called “reconciliation” with the Assad regime according to its terms. The regime resorted to such tactics after its forces had failed to recapture the strategic hill located near the town.
Sporadic clashes, meanwhile, broke out between the Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces on the outskirts of Almanshiya neighborhood in Dara’a and around the town of Kafar Nasij in rural Dara’a on Tuesday. Regime forces shelled the FSA-held neighborhoods of Dara’a with heavy machine guns, with no reports of casualties. Regime forces also blew up a building on the frontline of the town of Alnaemah. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Nabaa’ News)