By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Syria: Geir Pedersen, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, recently denounced the “escalation” in Daraa and several other Syrian provinces over the past few months but also warned that economic sanctions by the US or other nations could make the situation worse for civilians.
According to reports from Arab state-Syria, an attack by terrorist forces in Syria’s Daraa Governorate, a southern province that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, hit several military checkpoints, killing four Syrian soldiers and injuring 15.
The report did not say which group was responsible for the attacks. However, in earlier parts of the civil war, much of the area was controlled by 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 significantly deteriorated. A number of government agencies, as well as units of government forces carrying out tasks to maintain law and order, have been attacked by underground terrorist cells. Four Syrian soldiers were killed, eight more were injured,” Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at a Tuesday press briefing.
The Russian military in Syria also reported attacks by terrorist forces in northern Syria on Tuesday, including shelling in Aleppo by Hay’at Tahrir ash-Sham* (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) as well as several in Latakia and Hama governorates.
Parts of northern Syria, including most of the Idlib Governorate, remain under the control of rebel forces supported by Turkey, as well as by Turkish troops. Much of the country’s east is still controlled by US-aligned Kurdish forces supported by US troops. However, elsewhere in the country, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has re-established control from Daesh* and other terrorist groups and begun the process of rebuilding.
Reports also indicated that on Tuesday that the US military bases near Syria’s Konico gas field in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate came under rocket fire, although the damage caused was unclear. The US presence ensures Syrian oil is exported eastward, through Iraq, rather than westward, where the profits would go into Syrian government coffers.
In addition, Syria often faces airstrikes and shelling by Israeli forces, which claim to be targeting Iranian installations 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 “mighty steps” to help the two nations survive US economic sanctions, which have severely impaired their economic recovery.