The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard and Hezbollah have been steadily advancing inside the strategic village of Mayda’a recently, leaving the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) with their backs against the wall in the East Ghouta region of Greater Damascus.

On Friday night, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade and Hezbollah entered Mayda’a from its northwestern perimeter; this forced the Islamist rebels to retreat towards the village center.

As of today, the 105th Brigade and Hezbollah are still pressing Jaysh Al-Islam’s defensive positions near the central sector of Mayda’a; but, they still have a long way to go before seizing the entire area.

Mayda’a is important to the High Command of the Syrian Armed Forces because of its proximity to Jaysh Al-Islam’s main supply route in the East Ghouta.

The Syrian Armed Forces have captured Mayda’a before; however, they were unable to hold the village for very long because the Islamist rebels mobilized hundreds of fighters to help drive back the government units.

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