Around dawn today, joint forces of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the SAA’s 2nd Legion of the Special Forces, and a contingent of Hezbollah (Lebanese paramilitary) were able to seize most of the Hawsh al-Farah farms, located on the southern flank of the East Ghouta in rural Damascus.

The advance by government forces was conducted through a mixture of infantry, tanks and supportive artillery fire – airstrikes were not observed in the area, according to information obtained by Al-Masdar News.

No details were given regarding death toll on either side.

Failaq al-Sham, an Islamist rebel group dominant in the area, had otherwise set up a defensive line and fortified the Hawsh al-Farah farms for the past 45 days after a large rebel-held area south of the farms collapsed not long ago.

Meanwhile, the SAA is also inside Hawsh al-Farah village, as previously reported by Al-Masdar News.

A brand new map of Damascus can be seen here.

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