One of the longest standing reconciliation agreements was violated 2 months ago in the city of Harasta after militants from Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) opened fire on a National Defense Forces (NDF) checkpoint, breaking a ceasefire that lasted for 1 year. As a result of this ceasefire violation, the violence has been reignited at this suburb in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, resuming hostilities that once engulfed this area.

Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unearthed a small tunnel near the Al-Zahra Mosque in the city of Harasta following a fierce firefight with a Jaysh Al-Islam militant contingent holed-up inside the dilapidated and desolate apartment complexes adjacent to this religious building. The tunnel was used to stock weapons, ammunition, food, and medical supplies for the entrenched Jaysh Al-Islam militants inside Harasta.

In Zamalka, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard conducted a series of operations near the strategic Zamalka Bridge, killing scores of militants in the process. Fighting has intensified near the Zamalka Mosque and in the rebel-held city of ‘Ayn Tarma, where the 105th Brigade looks to continue their successful offensive in the East Ghouta.

The 105th Brigade has continued their progress near the Central Prison located directly east of the imperative rebel-held city of Douma, pressing Jaysh Al-Islam fighters to continue their withdrawal southwest of this besieged area. Earlier today, the 105th Brigade destroyed a Jaysh Al-Islam hideout located a half km west of the Central Prison, resulting in the death of 9 militants and leaving another 4 militants wounded.

Not far from the Central Prison, the 105th Brigade continued its push into the city of Douma, destroying 2 pick-up trucks mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns and killing 14 fighters belonging to Jaysh Al-Islam. Among the Jaysh Al-Islam fighters killed, the following were identified: ‘Abdel-Salaam Al-Faqi (Saudi), Fouad Meyyaaseh, Mahi al-Deen Baweidaani, Jamaal Qawaaz, Nabeel Badra, and ‘Imaad Al-Soufi.

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