For the people of Al-Assad Superb (nearly 10 km to the north of the Syrian capital Damascus), the night of June 17th was unexpectedly tumultuous.
Republican Guard forces, backed by Jaysh Al-Wafaa (Amy of Loyalists), launched at midnight a wide-scale offensive against Islamic militants in Douma orchards to the west.
Earlier on the day, the militants fired more than 20 mortars and homegrown missiles on the area, injuring many civilians. The Army responded by shelling Douma with 4 surface-to-surface missiles (Type Al-Fil “Elephant”: a locally-developed rocket with a sound similar to that released by the elephant).
Clashes renewed at midnight when the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces rocked Douma with tens of missiles. The 6-hour long battle spread to the west of Damascus-Homs highway where government forces advanced deep into the orchards, taking over several blocks including “The Sugar Building”.
During the night battle, more than a hundred mortars hit the residential superb leaving only huge material damage.
The city of Douma is mainly controlled by Jaysh Al-Islam led by Zahran Alloush. A couple of days ago, Zahran’s men executed the general commander of Jaysh Al-Wafaa, Khalid Al-Deri.
Islamic militants attempted to recapture the blocks they lost to government troops. But the counteroffensive proved a fiasco with tens of them left dead.