BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:53 A.M.) – Amid heavy raids by Russian warplanes across ever-shrinking rebel-controlled areas of Damascus’ East Ghouta region, the Syrian Air Force too as joined in on the action.
According to reports from pro-government sources, Syrian jets are conducting high-intensity airstrikes against insurgent groups in the district towns of Kafr Batna, Zamalka and Saqba – all located in the southernmost East Ghouta pocket.
The Syrian Air Force bombardment is noted to be targeting rebel tactical positions, strong-points, trenches, gatherings and movements throughout the three districts.
On the receiving end of the attack are two militant factions: Free Syrian Army affiliate Faylaq al-Rahman and Al-Qaeda affiliate Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its former name, Jabhat al-Nusra).
Given that the Syrian Army is currently engaged in storming operations in the adjacent neighborhood of Jisreen, the strikes by Russian and Syrian airpower appears to be aimed at suppressing rebel fire support weapons and hindering the movement of reinforcements.