DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:30 P.M.) – Late on Thursday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) imposed full control over Hawsh Al-Dawahra in the East Ghouta after capturing most of the rural town from Jaish Al-Islam the day before.

Led by the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), government forces overran the last sniper nests and gun positions despite facing many Islamist units whom tried desperately to cling onto control of the town, located southeast of the Islamist stronghold of Douma.

The media wing of Jaish Al-Islam claimed its militants were able to maintain a foothold in Hawsh Al-Dawahra; however, a source embedded with the Republican Guard assured Al-Masdar News that all insurgents had been pushed to the town’s western fields and outskirts.

Jaish Al-Islam also published footage of the battle, claiming to have destroyed a BMP-1 and T-72 tank along with killing 16 SAA soldiers, events which the aforementioned SAA source told Al-Masdar News were exaggerated.

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