Violent clashes re-erupted between the Syrian Armed Forces and Islamist militants deep in the Eastern Ghouta as Syria’ ceasefire falters.

Resounding blasts could be heard in the capital’s northern and eastern districts as the Army’s artilleries and rocket launchers bombarded militants’ barricades and fortifications. With the daybreak, the Army’s infantry, backed by armored vehicles, advanced deep in Bala and Harasta Qantarah, thus recapturing points it has pulled out last Saturday.

Less than two months ago, the Syrian Army managed to completely encircle Islamic rebels in Eastern Ghouta after thwarting a failed offensive to attack military posts in the area. However, Islamist militants recurrently attacked the government troops, forcing them to evacuate some front-line positions.

The towns of Dayr al-Asafir and Nashabiyah, where the Army attempts to split apart, are key bastions for hardline militants fighting for al-Qaeda Syrian branch, Jabhet al-Nusra, and Faylaq Al-Rahman.

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