As the Eastern Qalamoun region north of Damascus is almost fully secured after a major part of militants has withdrawn from the area, the battle for the Yarmouk refugee camp area in southern Damascus is still ongoing.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies (a full list of the units involved) have made a minor gains in the northern and southern parts of the militant-held pocket. Governmetn forces have been able to outflank the district Mezquita and to reach the district of al-Taqaddom in the southern part of the pocket.
The advance was intensely supported by strikes carried out by the Syrian Arab Air Force and the SAA’s artillery. Despite this, government troops haave achieved only a limited progress.
The Yarmouk refugee camp and the nearby areas are a densely populated urban area that limits the usage of military equipment and artillery for advances. According to local sources, the SAA is still involved in negotiations with the local ISIS leadership in order to force the terrorists to withdraw to the Homs desert. This would help to avoid additional civilian casualties. However, if ISIS members avoid accepting the deal, they will be eliminated.
Videos of the southern Damascus advance: