On Sunday morning, the Islamist rebel faction “Jaysh Al-Islam” – in coordination with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – declared their control over the Electrical and Petrol Stations near the Wafadeen Camp in Douma after a series of fierce clashes with the civilian-led “National Defense Forces” (NDF) and Palestine Liberation Army (Palestinian branch of the Syrian Arab Army).
Following the capture of the Electrical and Petrol Stations, Jaysh Al-Islam attempted to break into Dhahiyat Al-Assad from their positions in southwestern Harasta; however, they were unable to breach the National Defense Forces’ frontline positions near the National Hospital and Harasta Police State, as the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) helped deter the Islamist rebel advance before nightfall on Sunday.
According to Jaysh Al-Islam social media accounts, the Islamist group reports the capture of the Tal Kurdi Industrial District and the entire village of Tal Kurdi near the recently renovated town of ‘Adra – the aforementioned town was looted and destroyed by the Islamist rebels last year before the Syrian Arab Army was able to recapture it.
The Islamist rebel groups are attempting to break-out of the completely encircled East Ghouta (collection of farms), while capturing more territory along the imperative Homs-Damascus International Highway.
For the Syrian Armed Forces, any infiltration by the Islamist rebels into Dhahiyat Al-Assad could be detrimental due to its proximity to the Syrian capital of Damascus.