Fierce clashes renewed today in the Eastern Ghouta region as the Syrian Armed Forces resumed its military operation to retake Mayda’a and Hawsh al-Farah.
The offensive was launched last Tuesday from Brigade 39 and the Industrial area where government troops managed to recapture the farmlands to the west of Hawsh al-Farah, killing at least 14 Islamist militants.
The assault, however, was halted when Jaish al-Islam militants attacked, on Wednesday, Syrian soldiers with homegrown shells containing toxic gas. Though no deaths were reported, dozens of troops have been hospitalized for suffering breathing difficulties.
Early this morning, the Army targeted Hawsh al-Dawahirah and Hawsh Nasri – south of Hawsh al-Farah – with heavy artillery and short-range missiles to prevent potential reinforcements into Hawsh al-Farah. This comes as infantrymen clashed with Islamist militants inside the village.
At least 9 militants were killed so far in the offensive.
A field reporter accompanying the Army told Al-Masdar News that dozens of Jaish al-Islam fighters have been seriously wounded when and Army blew off several entrenches dug to the north of Mayda’a.