DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:35 P.M.) – Heavy clashes erupted in the Barzeh neighborhood throughout Monday as the warring parties battled it out on the adjacent orchards.
Jaish Al-Islam – supported by the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) 1st Brigade and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda branch) – claimed to have repelled the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) onslaught which was led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division alongside the 105th and 106th Brigades of the Republican Guard.
Upon enquiring with a military source in Damascus, Al-Masdar News discovered that neither side managed to gain ground in the back-and-forth clashes.
However, the bulk of the SAA’s offensive is concentrated on neighboring Al-Qaboun, more than half of which has been captured by government forces. The latter suburb is expected to be surrendered to government troops in a week or so given the current rate of advance.