DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:10 A.M.) – Rebel factions in the Al-Qaboun neighborhood are being given little respite as so-called ‘elephant rockets’ continue to do the dirty work for the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard.
At least 42 surface-to-surface rockets were launched on rebel-held areas of the embattled east Damascus district on Thursday in an attempt to systematically weaken rearguard insurgent positions ahead of infantry operations that tend to be costly due to the close-quarter combat, sniper nests and booby traps.
The Al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods have long been controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda branch), Jaish Al-Islam and a couple of groups loosely tied to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). However, the SAA has deployed some of its most elite formations to liberate the Syrian capital, resulting in heavy clashes at the aforementioned suburbs.
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