Pro-government forces are developing momentum against ISIS in the Yarmouk refugee camp and nearby areas in southern Damascus. According to pro-government sources, government troops have attacked ISIS positions in the areas of al-Hajar al-Aswad and at-Taqaddom as well as increased their presence in the areas of non-ISIS militants where the evacuation is now ongoing.
Meanwhile, the evacuation of non-ISIS militants from southhern Damascus is underway. SF recalls that members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Jaish al-Islam and Jaish al-Ababil have reached an evacuation deal with the Syrian government and are now withdrawing from the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp and the militant-held areas in the eastern part of the pocket.
The southern Damascus evacuation is a part of the wider deal that includes an evacuation from the government-held towns of Kefraya and al-Fouaa in eastern Damascus.
At the same time, ISIS members in southern Damascus are not going to abandon their positions. They have carried out a series of counter-attacks against the Syrian Army and its allies and have even publicly executed a Syrian army soldier. Some Syrian pro-government activitsts say that the ISIS attutude makes any kind of deal with the terrorists unlikely. However, many depend on how the situation will develop in the coming days.
The Syrian state-run news agency SANA says 22 civilians have been injured in the recent ISIS shelling conducted from the area of al-Hajar al-Aswad near the Yarmouk refugee camp.