The Assad army bombarded the southern city of Daraa on Sunday, the birthplace of the Syrian revolution against the rule of Bashar al-Assad in 2011. The attack killed at least six people in one of the deadliest attacks during the city’s siege.
Residents said bodies of six people were pulled out of bombarded houses in the centre of the Daraa neighbourhood.
The Fourth Armoured Division, led by Bashar al-Assad’s younger brother Maher al-Assad and backed by Iranian militias, has been obstructing the entry of food and fuel deliveries to the Daraa al-Balad area, in spite of international condemnations.
According to local sources, the ongoing offensive is an attempt to undermine mediation efforts to resolve the standoff without an all-out assault. The Assad regime has consistently violated ceasefires established or hindered mediation efforts to establish a secure route for aid.