Daraa civilians take flight from regime bombing

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Hundreds of civilians reportedly fled from areas near the rebel-controlled town of Busra al-Harir in northeast Daraa province on Wednesday amidst heavy regime bombing on the town and surrounding region, said the pro-opposition Nabaa Media Foundation. The fleeing comes in the wake of failed regime attempts to capture the strategically located town earlier in the week, reported the pro-opposition Local Coordination Committee for Busra al-Harir. Rebels in Busra al-Harir, situated on the main road connecting Daraa and Suwayda provinces, fought off a collection of pro-regime Afghani and Iranian militia fighters, according to various pro-opposition sources. For its part, official state news SANA said that the Syrian army made major advances on the town on Monday, killing 40 “terrorists” including fighters with Jabhat a-Nusra.