The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, backed by Hezbollah, National Defense Forces (NDF), and Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), stormed the strategic town of Mayda’a in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus on Friday; this attack resulted in a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels.
Following a fierce battle at the northeastern part of the town, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah entered Mayda’a, resulting in the subsequent withdrawal of Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) to the central quarter.
Preliminary reports from Mayda’a indicate that Jaysh Al-Islam has already begun withdrawing their forces to the nearby town of Hawsh Al-Farah; however, this is still unconfirmed due to the ongoing fighting taking place.
The Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah reportedly launched their assault from Base 39, which is located directly north of Mayda’a.
Meanwhile, south of Mayda’a, the Islamist rebels of Faylaq Al-Rahman and Jaysh Al-Fustat have begun to withdraw some of their fighters and equipment from the village of Hazrama amid fears of an upcoming attack.
The sequence of events that took place in the East Ghouta today were preceded by a barrage of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).