Syrian rebels saw another victory Tuesday after the Southern Front alliance captured the 52nd Brigade army base in southern Daraa with a 24-hour operation. But the opposition fighters also had their losses.
Footage released on YouTube shows a group of men rushing to save a Free Syrian Army soldier, to no avail; the video ends showing the paramedic crying by his dead brother's body.
Unlike other areas of Syria, Daraa is a city where most of the fighters have also grown up near Daraa, the birth of the revolution. The Southern Front alliance was formed by local rebel fighters in the south after a similar alliance in the north. There are fewer foreign fighters and foreign intervention, and until now southern rebels have gone mostly unnoticed.
The video shows that close-knit fighting in Daraa, where an FSA soldier can get treated by a local paramedic who ends up being his brother.
It's heartbreaking, and haunting — the FSA soldier's dead eyes remain wide open as his brother holds his pale face. But the video puts the fighting in perspective. It's a human moment in a city isolated by fighting, reminding us that war is never fully won no matter what side you're on.
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