Member of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Basit Sida said that the liberation of Brigade 52 and the other rebel gains in the south is just a prelude to the battle of Damascus.
“This considerable achievement requires redoubling political efforts to keep up with what is going on the ground and also requires unifying our decision to prepare for the coming challenges,” Sida said.
Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition, Salem al-Meslet, highly praises the rebel achievement in Dara’a in all fronts across Syria, stressing that what is happening on the ground is the natural course of events, specifically when rebel efforts are unified and coordinated. “These spectacular gains will resonate loudly in all parts of Syria until all of Syria is liberated,” Meslet said.
“While rebel fighters continue to score sweeping gains against regime forces, the Syrian Coalition continue with its efforts to reach a political solution that ensures the realization of the aspirations of the Syrian people, stop the bloodshed, and allow for the rebuilding of Syria.
Brigade 52 is currently one of the regime’s largest army bases in Dara’a province as it overlooks several villages and towns in the province and is located east of Damascus-Dara’a highway. It blocks the movement of civilians between the surrounding villages as they simultaneously bomb.
Brigade 52 extends over an area of 1,200 hectares and contains an air defense battalion, artillery battalion and a tank battalion as well as containing many platoons, most notably the reconnaissance and engineering platoon.
The base is located between Daraa and Sweidaa’ provinces, and its capture opens the door for advancing towards Al-Tha’lah air base. With the base now in rebel hands, regime supply routes from Sweidaa’ to the towns of Izraa’ and Khirbet Ghazaleh. (Source: Syrian Coalition)