The Syrian Army secured the rural village of Hawsh Al Farah completely after days of violent clashes with Jaish Al-Islam rebel group that is directly supported by Saudi Arabia.
A source informed Al-Masdar News that the capture of the strategic village came after consistent advances made on two fronts; the first being the Mayda’a axis and the other being Tal Sawwan and Brigade 93 axis. Battles progressed for several days until the first defense lines of the militants collapsed and a number of tunnels were destroyed.
The first part of the operation to capture the Ghouta town was focused on seizing the eastern and southern farms. That was followed by storming of the village itself where battles took places house to house resulting with the killing and injuring of tens of militants including some leaders in the Islamist group. Remaining militants retreated and regrouped in the surrounding farms and villages.
Located in the depth of eastern Ghouta and untouchable by the Syrian army since 2014, the capture of Hawsh Al-Farah is not only of huge strategic importance, but is also a huge morale boost to the Syrian troops fighting on the fringes of Damascus: east Ghouta is steadily collapsing on itself and militant groups residing inside this insurgent blob are rapidly being choked out of the agricultural sustenance they heavily relied on. Soon enough, they may be forced into truce agreements similar to that of Moaddamiyah.
Importance of Hawsh Al-Farah:
The town is considered one of the most important eastern Ghouta towns, especially being the first defensive line of Jaish Al-Islam’s largest stronghold, Douma. Located 6 kilometers east of Douma, it is also the backbone of the significant Tal Kurdi.
Securing this town will permit the Syrian forces in that region to have fire control over the following towns located in the heartland of the jihadist groups: Mayda’anah, Hawsh Nasri, Hawsh Shalaq. The village will be the launchpad of future operations against those towns in the nearest future.