In late December of 2015, a three-way ceasefire agreement between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Islamist rebels (primarily Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army) and the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) was put in place that would put an end to the fighting in several districts of southern Damascus and allow for civilians to return to their homes.
The 1st phase of this ceasefire was implemented in early January when all of the militants fled the Qadam District, resulting in the Syrian Armed Forces taking full control of this area; this also allowed for several displaced families to return to their homes.
Part of the 2nd phase consisted of transferring the estimated 4,000 ISIS terrorists from southern Damascus to Al-Raqqa; however, the aforementioned terrorist group was reluctant to leave.
Instead of leaving like they originally agreed to, ISIS moved their fighters from certain districts in order to strengthen their positions inside Yarmouk Camp.
As a result of this clear violation of the ceasefire agreement, ISIS has made it clear to all parties involved that they are unwilling to adhere to the guidelines set forth.
According to the military spokesperson from the pro-government Palestinian militia “Fatah Al-Intifada”, ISIS has taken control of several uncontested neighborhoods in the southern part of Yarmouk Camp District.
With this clear violation of the ceasefire agreement by the ISIS terrorists; it is safe to say that the battle for southern Damascus is far from over…