BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 P.M.) – Amid a big advance in the eastern Qalamoun region, assault units of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division have seized two key mountain chains.
According to military-affiliated sources, the captured mountains are Jabal Batra and Jabal Afaii, located to the east of Ar-Ruhaybah city – a large rebel stronghold that has since been completely encircled.
With their entry onto the high-ground around Ar-Ruhaybah and Jayrud, Syrian troops have come into contact with rebel stragglers hiding out in caves. These militants are now being flushed out of their positions with grenades and artillery fire.
As mentioned earlier, the battle for east Qalamoun is over for the most part, with the bulk of insurgent forces (including Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham) having since formally capitulated to the Syrian Army.