ٍSyrian opposition captures military airport in south

Fierce confrontations going on between Syrian opposition and regime forces inside Tha’ala military airport in Swayda city

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Syrian opposition groups including Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front captured on Thursday the Tha’ala military airport in Suwayda city as fierce confrontations are still ongoing, as activists reported.

Moreover, the opposition fighters said they had downed a warplane in Daraa outskirts in the Brigade of Radar between the Nahta and Busra towns on Thursday.

On Wednesday the opposition groups claimed taking control over the Skaka town that adjusts the airport.

Pressure on Syrian President Bashar al Assad increased on Tuesday after rebels declared the capture of a Syrian army base near the city of Deraa along the country’s border with Jordan.

"We announce the liberation of Liwa 52," said Issam al Rayyes, a spokesman for the Southern Front alliance of rebel groups.

Bashar al Zoubi, leader of one of the Southern Front groups, also said the attack launched on Tuesday morning had resulted in the capture of the base.

The strip of land along the Jordan border has seen a number of victories by the rebels against Assad regime forces in the last three months particularly.

"It is very important because it is the second biggest base the regime has [in the south]," Saber Safar, a former army colonel whose "First Army" rebel group was one of a number of factions that reportedly took part in the operation, told Reuters.

The rebels had fired more than 100 missiles at the base during the attack, the opposition-affiliated Orient News TV station said.

Activists said, the regime launched heavy air strikes the last two days on the areas captured by the opposition.

TRTWorld and agencies