Death toll from clashes in Mahajjah town, Daraa, rise to five
Daraa - SMART
On Tuesday, death toll rose after clashes between the Russian-backed Fifth Assault Corps (FAC) and the Syrian government's security branch at a checkpoint in the town of Mahajjah, north of Daraa, Southern Syria.
Local sources and activists reported to SMART that the death toll from the clashes that erupted three days ago rose to five dead and two wounded from the two parties, after new members died from their injuries.
The sources stated that the clashes killed three FAC members and injured another, while two members of the Syrian government forces were killed and another injured.
The sources added that the funeral of the FAC members in the cities and towns of Saida, Kiheel, and Mahajjah turned into demonstrations calling for the overthrow of the Syrian regime and the expulsion of Iranian militias. During the funeral, the people tore up pictures of the Syrian President, and removed the flag from the government institutions located in the area.
On Sunday night, Russian delegation met with commanders from the Syrian government forces and the FAC, to put an end to the disputes between the two parties in the city of Busra al-Sham, 40 kilometers northeast of Daraa, Southern Syria.
Earlier, the Syrian government's security branch clashed with FAC members at a checkpoint in the town of Mahajjah, after a dispute between the two parties. As a result, tension rose in the area, amidst military reinforcements from the FAC and the withdrawal of the Syrian government forces' checkpoints from the towns of Kiheel and Saida, for fear of clashing with the FAC.
Frequent shooting incidents occur in the Daraa governorate, targeting Syrian government forces members, former FSA fighters, and former employees of local councils, amidst accusations by activists against the Syrian government forces to be responsible for these incidents.
The Syrian government forces gained total control of the Daraa governorate after concluding reconciliation agreements with FSA factions under a Russian sponsorship. The agreements included a ceasefire, handing over the FSA weapons, and allowing people who refuse to reconcile to head for Northern Syria. The agreement guaranteed that the Syrian government forces would not prosecute those who wish to stay in Daraa.