On February 16, ISIS fighters resumed their attack against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies south of the Syrian capital Damascus and captured the neighborhoods of al-Mashrua’ and al-Malion in the northern part of the Yarmouk camp, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
Amaq said that ISIS fighters had killed three fighters and two field commander of HTS.
Several opposition sources confirmed the ISIS advance and said that HTS fighters had immediately withdrawn from the neighborhoods of al-Mashrua’ and al-Malion when ISIS fighters began their attack. However, clashes between HTS and ISIS are still ongoing in the western part of the camp, according to the sources.
ISIS managed to impose its control over the strategic Haifa street south of al-Mashrua’ neighborhood on February 14 after HTS fighters had withdrawn from it. Currently, more than 85% of the Yarmouk camp is under the control of the terrorist organization.
ISIS fighters will likely continue their offensive operations in the Yarmouk camp until they impose full control over all of its parts. After that, the terrorists gorpu may turn its focus on the HTS-held Yalda district west of the camp.