On April 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies launched a military operation against the besieged ISIS fighters in the Yarmouk refugee camp and the al-Hajar al-Aswad district south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to the Syrian state TV.
Syrian pro-government sources reported that several warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) are now carrying out strikes on ISIS positions in in the Yarmouk refugee camp and the al-Hajar al-Aswad district.
The two areas were also shelled by heavy rocket launchers and artillery of the SAA.
Earlier, several Syrian news outlets reported that the besieged ISIS fighters in southern of Damascus had accepted an evacuation agreement that will allow them to withdraw to eastern Homs. However, the agreement collapsed hours later because ISIS had refused to host the families of ISIS fighters in eastern Homs, according to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi.
The SAA attack is clearly aimed at pressuring the ISIS leadership to accept the conditions of the Damascus government. According to local observers, the besieged ISIS fighters in southern Damascus will not be able to resist the attacks for a long time. This means that an evacuation agreement is still the most valid option, which these ISIS fighters have.