On August 12, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and local fighters launched a ground attack on the remaining positions of ISIS in the heavily fortified area of al-Safa north of the governorate of al-Suwayda, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The UK-based monitoring group said that the SAA is currently clashing with fighters of ISIS in the desert of Damascus around al-Safa. The SOHR added that the SAA artillery is supporting the attack and shelling fortifications of the terrorist group.
From its side, ISIS cells released a new video showing two of the hostages, who were abducted from the eastern al-Suwayda countryside two weeks ago. The two hostages “Suad Abu Amar” and “Abir Shaguin” said in the video that all the hostages are in a good condition and waiting to be freed under a deal with ISIS.
Local observers believe the upcoming hours will be critical for the fate of the hostages because the remaining positions of the ISIS in the Damascus desert are about to collapse.