BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – Syrian rebels operating in southern Damascus have endured serious losses at the hands of ISIS after a surprise offensive launched by the terrorist group’s forces in the district of Yalda on Friday caught them completely off-guard.

On Friday, Islamic State-affiliated militants attacked fighters of the Jaysh al-Islam rebel group in the Zein neighborhood of south Damascus’ Yalda district as part of what appears to be a retaliation mission for Jaysh al-Islam’s own attack against ISIS in the same area eight days ago.

The engagement saw ISIS deploy shock troops, snipers and medium support weapons such as mortars and heavy machine guns. After 12 hours of heavy clashes, ISIS reportedly captured several rebel positions inside the Zein neighborhood.

Furthermore media linked to ISIS also claims that rebel forces have suffered casualties of six dead and 30 wounded; at least one prisoner was also taken and later executed.

At the present time it is unclear whether or not clashes between ISIS militants and Syrian rebels in southern Damascus are still ongoing.

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