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Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, recently denounced the “escalation” in Daraa and several other Syrian provinces in recent months, but also warned that economic sanctions by the United States or other countries could worsen the situation for civilians. .
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), an attack by terrorist forces in the Syrian governorate of Daraa, a southern province bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, hit several military checkpoints, killing four Syrian soldiers and wounding 15.
The report did not specify which group was responsible for the attacks. However, at the start of the civil war much of the area was controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Ahrar as-Sham forces before the Syrian Arab Army recaptured them.
“The situation in the Daraa al-Balad region of Daraa province has deteriorated considerably. A number of government agencies, as well as units of government forces responsible for maintaining public order, have been attacked by underground terrorist cells. Four Syrian soldiers were killed, eight others were wounded, “said Vadim Kulit, deputy director of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Belligerents in Syria, during a press briefing on Tuesday.
The Russian army in Syria also reported on Tuesday attacks by terrorist forces in northern Syria, including bombings in Aleppo by Hay’at Tahrir ash-Sham * (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) as well as several in the Governorates of Latakia and Hama.
Parts of northern Syria, including most of Idlib governorate, remain under the control of Turkish-backed rebel forces, as well as Turkish troops. Much of the eastern part of the country is still controlled by Kurdish forces aligned with the United States and supported by American troops. However, elsewhere in the country, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has restored control of Daesh * and other terrorist groups and began the reconstruction process.
SANA also reported on Tuesday that US military bases near the Syrian Konico gas field in Deir-ez-Zor governorate were the target of rocket fire, although the damage caused is unclear. The US presence ensures that Syrian oil is exported to the east, via Iraq, rather than to the west, where the profits would go to the Syrian government coffers.
In addition, Syria often faces airstrikes and bombardments from Israeli forces, which claim to target Iranian facilities which they claim are intended to use Syria as a base to attack Israel.
Recently, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met in Damascus with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, to discuss what Abdollahian called “powerful measures” to help the two countries survive US economic sanctions, which have seriously compromised their economic recovery.
* terrorist groups banned in Russia and many other countries