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About 30 dead in fighting between a group close to the government and local militiamen in southern Syria

Around 30 people died in fighting, which was recorded on the last day between a pro-government armed group and local militiamen in the Syrian province of Sueida (south), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Wednesday.

The London-based organization with informants in the country has stated that twelve members of the Fifth Corps – formed and trained by Russia – and 16 local militiamen were killed in the fighting. It was also added that 23 members of the first group as well as 63 local combatants were injured.

The observatory has detailed that members of the Fifth Corps held several positions in the city of Al Quraya on Tuesday. This was followed by fighting with local factions trying to regain their positions that they had lost again in another counter-offensive.

About 30 dead in fighting between a group close to the government and local militiamen in southern Syria
About 30 dead in fighting between a group close to the government and local militiamen in southern Syria

The Fifth Corps is an alliance of five rebel groups founded in September 2014. Although all affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (SLA), they later moved into the ranks of the government under Moscow’s supervision.

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