Syria MP: Insurgents Control Large Parts of Daraa

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A Syrian MP from the southern province of Daraa bordering Jordan on Thursday painted a bleak picture of the situation there, saying that insurgents have seized part of the main highway to Damascus.

"Syria is no longer going through a crisis. It is plunged in total war. Terrorism has spread in Syria and so has chaos. This is reality, and all Syrians know it," Walid al-Zohbi told parliament in a session broadcast live on state television.

"This is also happening in all towns and villages in Daraa province, which is torn from east to west after the army withdrew from many positions," he said.

"They may have pulled out for tactical reasons, we don't know. But at any rate, terrorists from al-Nusra Front have taken their place," he added of a jihadist group with roots in Iraq, classed by Washington as "terrorists".

Some MPs called out and tried to silence Zohbi, but he refused to be interrupted.

"There are people who send reports claiming the Daraa highway has been secured, but it's not true. The area stretching from Khirbet Ghazaleh to the border crossing is under the control of armed groups," Zohbi said.

Rebels in southern Syria have taken a 25-kilometer (15-mile) swathe of land stretching from Jordan to the sensitive ceasefire line with Israel in the Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

"The fact that the highway was cut off led to the fall of the most important military position, which I will not name because this is being broadcast live on television," said Zohbi.

"From the south, we are totally exposed. We are only protected from the west, by Base 61. The people are living in hell and their morale has hit rock bottom," he raged.

"I want to address the presidency of the republic and the government, hoping that what I have to say will be heard. For 20 days I have been speaking to senior officials about where the rebels are based, but there have been no results so far," he added.

Comments 8
Thumb sarkis 28 March 2013, 19:10

This news got out without going through the pathetic soviet era Iranian based propaganda filters. More info like this will start to leak out in the future as the situation worsens for the doomed satanic genocidal murderer & his hezbclowns chasing martyrdom by oppressing the innocent freedom wanting Syrians. After all this i fear lebanon is going to be last country where a messy war is going to break out cause people are sick of having a loaded Iranian gun to their heads by hezbclowns

Missing mohammad_ca 28 March 2013, 19:31

he will be killed soon..sorry I mean "commit suicide"...

Thumb sarkis 28 March 2013, 19:34

Or car accident,

Default-user-icon Triduum (Guest) 28 March 2013, 19:55

Or a "swimming accident...."

Thumb _citizen_ 28 March 2013, 20:09


Thumb Nade 28 March 2013, 20:05

It is only the beginning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thumb eaglesyrian1 29 March 2013, 14:56

That was a surprise or a planned performance!? Assad TV allowing self criticizing talk, and live!? How many times that "mp" had repeated "terrorists" or "Jihadist"?

And he wanted to address the "presidency" of the "republic" and the "government"; are they really, or would they listen to him?

That's just another sign of the desperate situation in Damascus.

Default-user-icon Bush_the_liberator (Guest) 29 March 2013, 21:52

This. Candor may just reflect the un-spoken knowledge that the Baath regime has. Been decapitated.