BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:57 P.M.) – Over the last several hours, Syrian Army artillery units have been shelling Islamic State positions and fighter gatherings in southern Damascus.

According to military-affiliated sources, the heavy bombardment against ISIS is being carried out by both ‘Elephant’ rocket artillery detachments and heavy howitzer batteries.

Some sources are convinced that the current artillery attack is a prelude to the planned government offensive to physically expel ISIS fighters from all of southern Damascus, preparations for which have been going on for two weeks now.

So far, dozens of strikes, directed by Syrian Army spotting drones, have been delivered onto groups of ISIS militants and their positions inside the Yarmouk Camp district, namely in and around the Palestine Roundabout area.

Updates to follow.

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