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27 May, 2017
An Israeli combat drone was downed on Friday in southwestern Syria after killing three Syrian soldiers, local media reported Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Troops loyal to the Syrian government shot down a drone overnight suspected of killing three soldiers on Friday in southwestern Syria, according to the reports.
The armed drone was struck down by anti-aircraft units of the Syrian ground forces operating in the Quneitra province, the Al-Masdar newspaper said.
According to the outlet, Syrian troops were attacked in the area between the towns of Al Hamidiyah and Abu Shabta as they made in-roads into territories held by militant forces.
Syrian armed forces reportedly shot down two suspected Israeli drones in the past couple of months.
Syria and Israel have been technically at war since Israeli forces took control over a large part of Golan Heights five decades ago.
Free Syrian Army Launches Counterattack Against Government Forces In Suweida Countryside
Syrian troops are in the Homs countryside
On Friday the Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by the US-led coalition, launched its counterattack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) north of the Zuluf reserve in the northern Suweida countryside, according to opposition sources.
Opposition sources claimed that the FSA managed to destroy two battle tanks of the SAA and a Gvozdika artillery piece, but it seems that the FSA was unable to make gains.
Yeseterday, a spokesman for Maghawir al-Thawra announced that the FSA with the support of US-led coalition warplanes will launch a large attack on the SAA in the Syrian desert in Homs and Damascus to regain lost positions. However, many experts doubt that such an attack could occur, especially after a confirmation of the presence of Russian military advisers along with SAA troops in the area.
Since its entry into the Al-Tanf area, the FSA has repeatedly attacked the SAA despite claims that the FSA was deployed there to fight ISIS.
It is believed that the SAA is currently planning to follow up its advance in the Zulf reserve towards Tal Safa in the western direction. The SAA may allso advance towards the Zulf.
Yesterday, the SAA captured a large area during a quick attack on all ISIS positions between Palmyra and eastern Qalamoun, isolating Jaish al-Islam in east Qalamoun from the FSA in Al-Tanf.