Following the liberation of the district of Harasta by government forces, militants have abandoned their attempts to resist to the ongoing army’s operation in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the town of Ayn Tarma and forced militants in the areas of Jobar, Zamalka, Hazeh and Irbin to accept an evacuation agreement.
Under the deal reached between the Damascus government and members of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants are set to start leaving their areas in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta today, on March 24.
Syrian governemt forces have already started boosting security in the recently liberated areas of Eastern Ghouta. As soon as militants withdraw from the southern pocket, the SAA will start solving the Douma issue – the area is currently controlled by Jaish al-Islam.
On March 23, Jaish al-Islam already promised to release 3,500 prisoners and to allow evacuation of 3,000 sick and injured people. However, the group has not accepted a reconsiliation agreemend with the Syrian governmen yet. According to pro-government experts, the collapse of the militants’ defense in Jobar, Zamalka, Hazeh and Irbin will force Jaish al-Islam to reconsider its ability to hold the area of Douma.
The liberation of Eastern Ghouta is a key step en route to securing the entire Damascus countryside from militants. Eastern Ghouta has been for a long time a source of security threats to the government-held areas of the Syrian capital. Now, it looks that this problam will be solved soon.
Government forces service members in the liberated areas of Eastern Ghouta: