BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The last rebel forces are preparing to leave the southern Damascus towns of Babila, Yalda, and Beit Sahm after being in control of them for more than six years.
According to a military report from this province, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has already entered the town of Yalda to take on the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists near the Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmouk Camp axes.
However, the towns of Beit Sahm and Babila still do not have a military presence due to the ongoing evacuations that are scheduled to be conclude later this week.
The Syrian military lost these three towns during the large rebel offensive in southern Damascus in late 2011, but they were able to secure long-term ceasefires with the same militants in 2014.
While no fighting has taken places inside these towns since 2014, the rebels in these localities still refused to hand over their positions to the government.