Islamic State attacks Druze village in Suwayda province





North Suwayda provinceMay 19, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-5-19-15/Islamic State fighters attacked a village in the north of the Druze majority Suwayda province on Tuesday before regime forces drove them out, reported the regime-affiliated National Defense Forces (NDF), in an incursion into what has been a largely neutral region. IS fighters “encircled the village and threatened the residents to surrender over loudspeakers,” the director of the Suwayda News Network told ARA News Agency on Tuesday. Druze NDF units were able to repel the pre-dawn attack on al-Haqf Tuesday, with two killed and two others injured, reportedthe Suwayda Timely News Network. “Al-Haqf is a small village without a presence of government forces,” Noura al-Basha, a member of the Organizers of the Syrian Revolution in Suwayda province told Syria Direct on Tuesday, adding that “the reason for the attack was to frighten residents with acts of sectarian killing.” This was the second attack on al-Haqf village, which rebuffed an IS attack early last December. It is the closest village in the province to areas under IS control, and lies 12 kilometers away from the regime-controlled Khalkhalah military airport, and 10 kilometers from the strategically important Suwayda-Damascus road. IS media said on Tuesday that they had targeted the Khalkhalah airport. Most Druze in Suwayda have preferred neutrality in the current conflict, a position the opposition often interprets as pro-regime, Suwayda citizen journalist Ziad al-Asmar told Syria Direct in an interview last month.
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Islamic State fighters attacked a village in the north of the Druze majority Suwayda province on Tuesday before regime forces drove them out, reported the regime-affiliated National Defense Forces (NDF), in an incursion into what has been a largely neutral region. IS fighters “encircled the village and threatened the residents to surrender over loudspeakers,” the director of the Suwayda News Network told ARA News Agency on Tuesday. Druze NDF units were able to repel the pre-dawn attack on al-Haqf Tuesday, with two killed and two others injured, reportedthe Suwayda Timely News Network. “Al-Haqf is a small village without a presence of government forces,” Noura al-Basha, a member of the Organizers of the Syrian Revolution in Suwayda province told Syria Direct on Tuesday, adding that “the reason for the attack was to frighten residents with acts of sectarian killing.” This was the second attack on al-Haqf village, which rebuffed an IS attack early last December. It is the closest village in the province to areas under IS control, and lies 12 kilometers away from the regime-controlled Khalkhalah military airport, and 10 kilometers from the strategically important Suwayda-Damascus road. IS media said on Tuesday that they had targeted the Khalkhalah airport. Most Druze in Suwayda have preferred neutrality in the current conflict, a position the opposition often interprets as pro-regime, Suwayda citizen journalist Ziad al-Asmar told Syria Direct in an interview last month.