Member of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Ayman al-Asimi, has condemned the actions of the Assad regime forces, stating that their recent military escalation and two-week-long build-up in an attempt to storm the town of Tafas in western rural Daraa were unsuccessful. In response, the regime forces have resorted to acts of revenge by destroying civilian homes and vital infrastructure in the town.
Al-Asimi revealed that the regime forces demolished civilian homes and water wells located outside the town. They also set fire to agricultural crops before ultimately withdrawing from the vicinity of Tafas at dawn on Sunday. According to al-Asimi, these destructive actions clearly reflect the Assad regime’s deep-rooted animosity towards the town. Their intention is to subject the people to starvation and deprive them of access to water, ultimately coercing them into surrendering.
Al-Asimi further highlighted that the Assad regime forces’ failure to gain military control over Tafas prompted them to resort to these terroristic tactics, which have been witnessed in other regions of Syria following similar military setbacks.
Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, al-Asimi stressed that the crimes committed by the Assad regime throughout Syrian territory will not only impact the population but also have far-reaching consequences for the future of the country. The Assad regime’s destructive and devastating actions have resulted in the ruin of communities, the burning of valuable resources, and the eradication of sustainable livelihoods.
The Free Houran Conglomerate supported al-Asimi’s statements, providing evidence of the regime forces’ ruthlessness. Prior to their withdrawal from the vicinity of Tafas, regime forces blew up 11 civilian homes in the southern outskirts of the town. Additionally, they targeted the electricity towers supplying water wells in the agricultural area spanning from the town of Al-Yadoudeh to Tafas.
Tafas has experienced repeated military escalations by the Assad regime, with the recent episode commencing on July 3rd. These events mark the third time since 2018 that the Assad regime has intensified its attacks against the town and its inhabitants.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)