On March 2, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) encircled 60% of the Harasta district after capturing several positions south of the Mohamad mosque in the eastern part of Harasta, and in the al-Ajami neighborhood, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
From its side, Ahrar al-Sham, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and US-backed Faylaq al-Rahman launched a counter-attack against the SAA in Harasta and captured several buildings inside the Police housing complex in its northern part.
The three armed groups claimed that their fighters had destroyed two T-72 battle tanks, a rocket launcher and an operations room of the SAA 4th Armoured Division during their advance.
In response to the counter-attack, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) conducted a series of airstrikes on positions of the armed groups in the northern part of Harasta, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
The militants’ counter-attack is likely the last attempt to prevent the SAA and it allies from fully besieging Harasta district. However, with the SAA maintaining all of its key positions, the counter attack appears to be a failure.
Meanwhile, the Tiger Forces captured the 274th regiment base and established control of the crossroad near it in the eastern part of Eastern Ghouta.