BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – Leading Republican Guard units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continue to reduce rebel defenses throughout the southern sector of the Ayn Tarma District in eastern Damascus.
Today the SAA made a new advance from two directions in the embattled district; whilst one Republican Guard task group liberated several new buildings blocks to the northwest of the recently captured slaughterhouse building, another SAA task group advanced via the al-Kheir Market axis and reached the outskirts of the Queen Mall.
The advance today came after heavy airstrikes by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and shelling by SAA large-ordinance rocket artillery units throughout the target sector.
According to a military source exclusive to Al-Masdar News, the SAA has so far managed to kill 5 Islamist militants and injure another 10 in today’s operation.
Despite the ongoing fanatic resistance being offered by rebel forces, the momentum of the SAA’s advance throughout Ayn Tarma has begun to pickup with Republican Guard units now storming the actual residential area of the district after securing most of its outlaying farms and houses.