Late this evening, soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to enter Muhammadiyah (Al-Muhamidyah) and capture 20 houses in the southeastern part of the town.
Moreover, government soldiers also seized the Abou Yaseen Farm area; this site had been heavily fortified by rebel forces prior to its capture.
The government attack follows a week of relative frontline calm in the East Ghouta, a large rural region east of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Remarkably, no casualties were reported on either side this evening, thereby suggesting at least a partial withdrawal by rebel forces.
Nevertheless, fighters of Failaq al-Rahman (Free Syrian Army affiliated group) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise) are still in control of most of the town.
According to a military source in Damascus, today’s government operation in Muhammadiyah was conducted by the SAA’s Republican Guard, Hezbollah and ground troops of the SAA’s Airforce Intelligence branch.
These troops are expected to continue their offensive by attacking the remaining rebel areas inside Muhammadiyah in the upcoming days.
In any case, government forces have now struck deep inside the rebel heartland of East Ghouta, an area otherwise controlled by rebel groups since 2012.