By May 3, Syrian government forces had developed their previous success against ISIS in southern Damascus by advancing further in the areas of Harj al-Aswad and Taqadm as well as in the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp.
According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Army and its allies recently liberated the Al-Zain area inside Harj al-Aswad and the Al-A’alaf area west of Harj al-Aswad. They also entered the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members had withdrawn from it under the previously reached evacaution deal.
At the same time, the Syrian Air Force and the Syrian Army’s artillery continued striking ISIS’ main positions in the center of the Yarmouk refugee camp.
ISIS conducted a series of counter attacks against the advancing government troops in Harj al-Aswad causing damage to the army’s military equipment and killing some pro-government fighters. However, the terrorist group is not capable of resisting the Syrian military’s advance there for a long time.
The ongoing evacuation of non-ISIS militants from the eastern part of the southern Damascus pocket is another key factor contributing to the current situation. This evacuation will allow government forces to free a large number of fighters and equipment that are currently involved in securing the pocket’s perimeter.
Summing up the recent military developments, it becomes clear that ISIS units in Yarmouk are in a no-win situation. The question is the cost that the Syrian military will have to pay to purge the remaining terrorists in the area.