On November 30, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the local National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the strategic Bardae Hill in the Western Ghouta region, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Thus, the SAA effectively besieged the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-held village of Mughr al-Mir from the northern, western and eastern directions.
Furthermore, the Bardae Hill overlooks the HTS stronghold of Beit Jinn from the northern direction. Thanks to this advance, the SAA will be able to increase pressure on the terrorist group in the region.
Syrian pro-government sources reported that the SAA and the NDF ambushed a group of HTS fighters during the clashes in the Bardae Hill and killed three HTS fighters. The sources said that all the fighters who were killed in the ambush are from Daraa governorate and claimed that they entered the besieged region of Western Ghouta with help of the Israeli Army.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources reported that Syrian attack helicopters conducted several airstrikes on Beit Jinn. The SAA also shelled Mughr al-Mir with dozens of Syrian-made heavy rockets.
The SAA and NDF military operation in Western Ghouta is a direct response to the HTS attack on the Druze town of Hadar, which took place on November 3. The SAA may aim at dveloping its military operation until it’s able to secure the entire Eastern Ghouta region.