BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:43 P.M.) – Assault units of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division have blasted through militant lines to seize their first suburb in the urban heartland of rebel-controlled territory in Damascus’ East Ghouta region – the district of Saqba.
The operation to capture Saqba was kicked-off on Saturday and saw elite Syrian troops take control of the district street by street, building by building in an unrelenting push. As with previous days, a brief pause in operations took place to allow for the flight of civilians towards government-held areas.
Finally, military-affiliated sources report that half of the co-joining district of Kafr Batna is now under Syrian Army control; the main storming forces trying to take it belong to the Republican Guard.
The fall of Saqba to the Syrian Army now puts government forces in a position to assault the rebel-controlled districts of Zamalka and Arbeen from the eastern direction – an advance axis that militant groups most likely never expected the residential areas to be attacked from.