DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – Territorial advances near the East Ghouta town of Bait Nayem yesterday proved somewhat costly for the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Republican Guards and National Defence Forces (NDF), newly released rebel footage suggests.
Jaish Al-Islam released a video on Saturday showing its snipers in action after what proved to be a carefully planned tactical withdrawal from a number of sites on the outskirts of Bait Nayem. At least 8 SAA soldiers were shot, some of whom died on the spot.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) was also present in the area despite recent clashes and ongoing tensions between the two jihadist factions.
Sporadic skirmishes also continued on Saturday between government forces on one side and Islamist factions on the other with the latter sustaining casualties of their own.