Sham had been in the hands of President Bashar Assad's troops throughout the four-year-old conflict and was considered to be a stronghold of pro-government forces in the southern province of Daraa.
Jabhat al-Nusra fighters are reportedly engaged in combat throughout the province, in battle spaces ranging from Nawa in the northwest, to Busra
al-Harir in the northeast, and in and around the city of Dar'a.
Adel al-Omari, an activist in the area, said troops have been shelling Busra
al-Harir and the nearby rural region of Lajat since midday Monday.
A housewife in Busra
, who did not want to be named, told Reuters by telephone that the town was being hit by machinegun fire from tanks.
A YouTube video purportedly showed several teenagers in Busra
al-Sham--some throwing stones, others chanting "Bashar you are betraying your people"--coming under automatic fire.
While state television reported unidentified gunmen killed a member of the security forces and a civilian in Busra
al-Harir, residents have been quoted saying that there was a demonstration of 1,000 people when security police fired from their cars.
An army unit clashed with a terrorist group that infiltrated from the cypress farm east of Busra
al-Sham city towards Wadi al-Zaidi in the eastern countryside of Daraa province.
ISLAMABAD -- A business delegation of Busra
Province of Turkey led by Turgay Yel, Inegol Deputy Mayor visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Saturday and exchanged views with Pakistani counterparts for further improving bilateral trade and economic relations.
Meanwhile,Multan press club also held a programme in which president PLF of South Punjab,Habibullah Shakir and PPP South Punjab's general secretary Shukat Busra
cut the cake amongst a number of workers and journalists.
In the south, this week's rebel seizure of the town of Busra
in Deraa province has prompted a call by Druze spiritual leaders for the government to distribute weapons to the minority community, which observers say feels threatened by the insurgents' advance.
Another three people were killed in strikes elsewhere in Syria -- one in Aleppo province, a second in Damascus province and a third in Busra
al-Sham in Daraa province.
Troops, mainly from the 12th Armored Brigade, based in Isra, 40 km from the border with Jordan, stormed the nearby town of Busra