DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – Overnight, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began storming Jisreen village further east of Ayn Tarma where heavy urban clashes continue around the clock.
Preluded by artillery shelling and a barrage of missiles, the SAA maneuvered its way towards the long-standing cold frontline, trying to infiltrate the area under the cover of darkness, but was met by determined resistance by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and Failaq Al-Rahman (FSA).
In opening this new East Ghouta axis, the SAA hopes to outflank and possibly envelop rebel forces at the heavily fortified Ayn Tarma district through bypassing jihadist strong points.
Al-Masdar News was not able to determine whether the SAA’s assault on Jisreen was a diversionary probing attack or an actual offensive.
Due to a series of succesful SAA offensives around Damascus’ outer suburbs that began in 2013, insurgent forces control just two pockets at the capital, one based around the East Ghouta farmland and another in a handful of southern neighborhoods.