On Thursday, Jaysh al-Islam claimed that 30 soldiers were killed in an ambush in the Al-Rayhan farms area east of Duma in the Eastern Ghouta region near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
According to Jaysh al-Islam, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tried to advance, but Jaysh al-Islam fighters damaged two T-72 tanks and a BMP-1 vehicle, and injured and killed scores of Syrian soldiers. Jaysh al-Islam admitted that three of its fighters were killed and 12 others were wounded during the fighting.
According to pro-government sources, only eight Syrian soldiers were killed during the attack. A source from the SAA in Eastern Ghouta said that the SAA was able to advance and capture many farms and buildings between Al-Rayhan and Al-Shifuniya. According to the source, the aim of the operation is to separate the Al-Rayhan farms from Al-Shifuniya village in order to increase the pressure on Duma, the main stronghold of Jaysh al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta.
Meanwhile, the SAA continued its advance in Ayn Tarma, where it managed to capture few more buildings near the meat company. From its side, Faylaq al-Rahman claimed that its fighters repelled the SAA attack and destroyed a Gvozdika howitzer with a TOW missile. However, the video showed that the missile didn’t hit its target.
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The SAA is currently working to increase the pressure on the militants in Eastern Ghouta, which is expected to be the next major target for the SAA after the end of operations in Deir Ezzor.