The decision of the Syrian army on Saturday to declare a two-day cease-fire on the front of the fighting in Daraa was made for humanitarian reasons and out of consideration for the city’s residents, who have suffered heavy shelling and shelling for a long time.
I doubt it, but many commentators in the Arab world claim that the cease-fire was due to operational tactical considerations in view of the current situation created in the front lines of fighting in the Dar’a area.
We have already reported that the Syrian army has concentrated a large military force composed of units assembled from three divisions, including the high-quality Division 4, and there are also hundreds of elite Hezbollah fighters and Iraqi Shiite militia fighters dispatched by Iran.
Does all this force need, now, to stop fighting with a few thousand fighters from the rebel militias of the South Army?
It is clear to anyone who has a little military understanding in his mind that the heavy pressure exerted by the forces on the ground and the adjacent air support becomes more and more efficient as time passes and its cumulative effects begin to actually affect direct combat.
It is true that the attacking forces, which are currently in the area of the Palestinian refugee camp in the northern suburbs of the city of Daraa, have suffered heavy losses in life and equipment, but the other side has also suffered a great deal of slavery.
And suddenly the decision of the Syrian army comes about two days of respite … There is no greater gift for the rebel forces who can rest and lick their wounds and transfer new military supplies from Jordan.
Even the rebels refused to accept the request of the Syrian army for two days of respite.
Apparently they know why too.
Informed sources in southern Syria know that after the Hezbollah forces, who were at the head of the attacking camp and were in the first line of fire against the rebels, suffered terrible injuries in the lives and wounded, Hezbollah headquarters decided not to continue this military tactic and they refused to go first. The weak Syrian army that seems to be doing everything in its power to “abandon” the Hezbollah fighters to the rebels’ jaws and be their victims as many as they may be. Sometimes I tend to think that as the number of Hezbollah casualties in Syria skyrocket, so will the gloom of the Syrian army’s leadership increase.
The Syrian army, which found itself without infantry forces to defend the advancing armored forces, and after seeing the many casualties of the Armored Corps and armored vehicles, decided to stop trying to exploit the time and persuade the Iranians to instruct Hezbollah to fight again.
Experts estimate that more than 500 Hezbollah fighters from its high-quality units are fighting their own independent drawers on the Daraa front.
At the moment the fighting in the Dar’a area has returned, but not intensively.