Clashes In Eastern Damascus Continued Despite Safe Zones Agreement

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On Saturday, clashes continued between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the joint forces of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Al-Rahman Corps in the Al-Qaboun district east of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to pro-government sources, the clashes are ongoing in the area because the district is excluded from the safe zones agreement because HTS (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) operates there.

Since the the Saturday morning, the Syrian Air Force had conducted multiple airstrikes on HTS positions and destroyed a headquarters of HTS killing all fighters inside.

Clashes In Eastern Damascus Continued Despite Safe Zones Agreement

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Additionally, the SAA captured several buildings in the southeastern part of the Al-Qaboun district. The SAA also discovered a new undeground tunnel used by militants and destroyed it.

On the other hand, members of the Al-Rahman Corps repelled the SAA advance in the Al-Basateen area in Qabun.

Jaish al-Islam claimed that its members killed five Syrian soldiers and destroyed a bulldozer of the SAA.

Local sources reported that an attack by the Al-Rahman Corps on the positions of Jaish al-Islam in the town of Ash’ari took place in the Easten Ghouta region.

Separately, the Al-Rahman Corps carried out an arrest campaign against supporters of Jaish al-Islam in the areas of Arbeen and Zamalka.

Jaish al-Islam announced yesterday that Noman Awad Abu Issam, one of its military commanders in the Eastern Ghouta, was killed by members of HTS.

Clashes In Eastern Damascus Continued Despite Safe Zones Agreement

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