Source: China State Council Information Office
Dozens of fighters have been killed over the past 24 hours during intense clashes in Syria’s southern province of Sweida between a Russian-backed military unit and local fighters, a war monitor reported on Wednesday.
The clashes took place in the town of al-Qurayya in the western countryside of Sweida between local fighters from Sweida and the Russian-backed Fifth Corps, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The UK-based watchdog group said 12 fighters were killed and 23 wounded from the Fifth Corps as well as 16 local fighters from Sweida.
A well-informed source in Sweida told Xinhua that the clashes started when local fighters from al-Qurayya attacked positions of the Fifth Corps to retrieve agricultural lands the Fifth Corpse had previously taken and positioned at.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said the local fighters managed to retake the areas but later lost it again when the Fifth Corpse fighters launched a counter-attack in al-Qurayya.
The Russian-backed Fifth Corps is an alliance of five Syrian rebel groups that was formed in September 2014. All five units were affiliated with the rebels’ Free Syrian Army (FSA) before joining the Syrian government forces under Russian supervision.