DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – Jaish Al-Islam fired live bullets at protesters in rural Damascus who took to the streets after Friday prayers in defiance of rival Islamist groups fighting one another on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital.
Residents participating in the demonstration were chanting for rebel forces to unite although they were met with by brute force, namely machine-gun fire, by the Saudi-backed Islamist group which does not usually allow protesting in the East Ghouta:
The incident reportedly took place in Arbeen, a rebel-held town in rural Damascus.
Al-Masdar News could not determine whether any civilians had been killed nor if the gunfire was aimed directly at the protesters or just intended as cautionary bullets.
Yesterday, some 40 rebels were killed as Jaish Al-Islam clashed with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army in a rapid escalation between the previously allied factions.