Damascus, Syria – After rebel groups rejected the truce deal for the second time yesterday, units from the Syrian Army stormed the imperative Basseema village in the eastern outskirts of Barada valley.
Soon thereafter, elite elements from the 4th Division and Republican Guard were quick to achieve a breakthrough in the town’s defenses capturing the local school, Al-Ziniyah area, and all the buildings in the eastern section of the town until the Basseema Mosque. Rebels would continue their retreat west of the town in the direction of the adjacent Ain Al-Feejah village.
The government forces later managed to fully reign control of the town capturing the Syriatel building and the local cemetery. Over 20 jihadists were killed or injured in the fierce fighting that took place in the town’s center.
Notably, Basseema is a village of huge strategic merit as its capture will enable the Syrian Armed Forces to storm the nearby Ain Al-Feejah town where the water well that feeds Damascus’s 5 million + population lies.
Early reports suggest that local militants have raised the Syrian flag atop the aforementioned town declaring support for a peaceful resolution of the valley’s conflict. Time will prove if the rebels’ commitment to the negotiations are sincere this time.