On Friday morning, the 4th Mechanized Division – under the command of Maher Al-Assad – from the Syrian Arab Army, stormed the rebel-held village of Hteitet Al-Hersh in the East Ghouta, securing the area three hours later. Hteitet Al-Hersh is located next to the imperative Al-Mleiha and Jaramana Districts; two areas that have been immersed in violence since the advent of the armed conflict in Syria. According to a military source, 21 militants from Jaysh Al-Islam were killed and a dozen wounded in the brief firefight.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard intensified its attack in coordination with the Syrian Air Force, who, relentlessly bombarded Jaysh Al-Islam’s stronghold in east Jobar. Since the loss of Tayba Mosque, Jaysh Al-Islam has suffered heavy casualties due to their exposure to the Syrian Air Force’s airstrikes and the Syrian Arab Army’s persistent shelling. According to a military source, over 120 militants have been killed in Jobar, including a field commander of Jaysh Al-Islam, Firas Al-Masri (Egyptian).
In conjunction with the liberation of Hteitet Al-Hersh, the Syrian Arab Army secured the Air Defense Battalion building in the village of Zebdeen, near the border of Al-Mleiha. The operation took place around 9 A.M. Damascus Time, when the SAA, backed by the NDF, attacked Jaysh Al-Islam’s stronghold at the base. Unable to hold their position, Jaysh Al-Islam was forced to leave the base and retreat northeast.
5 civilians were wounded by hostile mortar shells fired in the vicinity of a civilian neighborhood early yesterday morning. Among the wounded was a 7 year old boy – according to a source in Damascus, the child is in stable condition. The four other civilians wounded by the mortar shells are in stable condition and should be released from the hospital later today.
Sporadic skirmishes between the Syrian Arab Army and Jaysh Al-Islam – ongoing clashes with neither party gaining ground.
The rebels in Darayya have broken the 72 hour ceasefire after firing artillery shells in the vicinity of an army checkpoint. The purpose of the 72 hour ceasefire was to get both parties to facilitate an open-ended reconciliation agreement.