DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 20 P.M.) – The largest rebel group in the Eastern Ghouta, Jaish al-Islam, continues to crack down on its rival factions in a bid to dominate the insurgent enclave outside the capital.
Backed by tanks and armored vehicles, the Saudi-funded fighters broke into several positions and bases for Falyal al-Rahman and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Al-Asha`ari and Beit Sawa; triggering heavy firefights in the two Eastern Ghouta towns.
Elsewhere, Jaish al-Islam advanced in the outskirts of Hamouriyah; a major bastion for Falyal al-Rahman after fierce clashes which left scores dead and injured from both warring parties.
The Faylaq accused Jaish al-Islam of using ambulances to hide its fighters and eventually infiltrate into its outposts. The claim, however, was entirely denied by Jaish al-Islam.
Meanwhile, more Islamist militants are leaving their stronghold in Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods outside the capital for the northwestern province of Idlib as per an agreement held with the Syrian government.