22-10-2018 04:05 AM Jerusalem Timing

Syrian Official: Armed Gang Commits Attacks in Daraa, Hides Weapons

Syrian Official: Armed Gang Commits Attacks in Daraa, Hides Weapons

’Armed gangs in Daraa stored weapons and ammunitions inside al-Omari Mosque, and used children whom they had kidnapped from their families as human shields’

An armed gang early Wednesday attacked a medical team in an ambulance while passing near al-Omari Mosque in Daraa, an official source said according to SANA.

The Syrian news agency reported that a doctor, a paramedic and a driver were martyred in the attack, while the security forces in the vicinity of the site confronted the attackers, hit and arrested some of them. A member of the security forces was also martyred in the attack.

The source added that the security forces will continue pursuing the armed gangs which terrified civilians, and executed killings, in addition to looting and burning public and private facilities in Daraa.

The official source disclosed that the armed gangs in Daraa have stored weapons and ammunitions inside al-Omari Mosque, and used children whom they had kidnapped from their families as human shields.

The source pointed out that the armed gang, further, terrified the inhabitants of the houses adjacent to the Mosque occupying them as a launch pad to fire against passers-by and arrivals for the prayer.

The security forces encountered, pursued, and brought members of the gang as to face justice. 

The Syrian TV broadcast pictures showing the weapons, ammunitions and big amounts of money stockpiled by the armed gang inside al-Omari Mosque.

Two months ago, the General Supervisor of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Riyad al-Shaqfa, announced the group's return to military action in the country.

According to SANA, foreign circles continue to fabricate lies about the situation in Daraa claiming that they have obtained letters and images from inside the city, and that massacres took place in it in order to provoke and terrify the citizens.

The source added that more than one million SMS were sent from outside Syria, most of which are from Israel inciting Syrians to use the mosques as launch pads for riots.

The photographers and journalists in Daraa reported that they have been receiving death threats through SMS messages from abroad warning them against reporting the crimes committed by the criminals of the armed gangs against civilians.

The official source said that the journalists have asked for the protection of the security forces against those threats.

Some satellite channels known for their anti-Syria stances have broadcast lies and fabricated news inciting for riot in Daraa under the name of eye witnesses or human rights organizations to cover up their lies. They have also broadcast photos of old events at the time when life is going back to normal in the city streets.