BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reclaimed the strategic town of Mesraba in the East Ghouta region of Damascus on Saturday, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
After several hours of fighting, the SAA reportedly defeated opposition forces in Mesraba.
Footage shows tanks rolling through the remains of the town, where poorly-constructed buildings have been razed to the ground and smoke rises above the horizon.
Reports say that the SAA are moving closer to splitting the region in two, placing further pressure on the armed groups still in the area.
Local media states that the Syrian Army will now push to secure the area before continuing its operation, advancing into Harasta’s southeastern corridor.