BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – A combined force of Islamist militants from Jaysh Al-Islam and Faylaq Al-Rahman launched their fourth assault at the East Ghouta town of Hazrama on Monday after losing much of the area to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) yesterday.

Jaysh Al-Islam and Faylaq Al-Rahman finally achieved a break-through at the Hazrama front-lines, forcing the Syrian Arab Army to retreat from much of the territory they captured on Sunday.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard were forced to withdraw from their captured points after Jaysh Al-Islam flooded the village with a barrage of missiles and artillery shells, inflicting 4 casualties on the government units.

However, despite the Syrian Arab Army’s withdrawal on Monday, Jaysh Al-Islam was unable to recover much of the town due to the Syrian Arab Army’s constant barrage of missiles on Hazrama’s northern district.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, Hazrama is now no-man’s land, as both the Syrian Arab Army and Islamist militants are unable to hold ground for the time being.

Meanwhile, at the strategic Air Defense Battalion base, the Syrian Arab Army repelled the fourth Jaysh Al-Islam attack on this military installation in the East Ghouta today, killing between 13-15 militants while only suffering minimal casualties.

In the coming days, the battle for the East Ghouta should intensify as the Syrian Arab Army makes a final push to capture Hazrama from the Islamist rebels.

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