Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) launched a new offensive outside the city of Douma on Saturday in order to recapture the territory they lost to the Syrian Armed Forces these past few months.
Using a tunnel to sneak past the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) front-lines in east Douma, Jaysh Al-Islam conducted a surprise attack that was meant to force the government units to withdraw from the area.
However, the Jaysh Al-Islam assault failed to fracture the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines, resulting in a quick retreat for the Islamist rebel group shortly after the attack was foiled.
According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus City, the Syrian Arab Army reported a number of wounded soldiers after the abrupt assault, but no one was killed on their side.
Meanwhile, the Islamist rebels reportedly lost two fighters during their failed assault on Saturday morning.
Following the failed Islamist offensive, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), launched a counter-assault at the southern perimeter of the Medical Services building near Douma.
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to capture several rebel trenches, while also securing their supply route from the Medical Services building that was constantly under sniper fire.