On March 20, Syrian government forces advanced on positions of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the area of Ein Tarma in the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta.
According to pro-government sources, units of the Republican Guard, the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions captured a number of positions in Aswaq al-Kheir following a series of clashes with militants. Some pro-government activists speculated that this advance was a sign that government troops see Ein Tarma as a next target of their advance.
Meanwhile, units of the Republican Guard, the Tiger Forces and the Syrian Arab Army repelled attacks by militants south of the area of Douma. The militants had attempted to lift the siege from Harasta but had failed to do this.