On May 2, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) entered the former positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. HTS fighters withdrew from their positions in Yarmouk during the last few days under an evacuation agreement that was reached on April 29.
The sources added that the SAA is now reinforcing its new positions in the northern part of the camp and is preparing to launch a new ground attack on ISIS positions in the center of the camp. The terrorist group controls more than 80% of Yarmouk, including its central part.
Meanwhile, Syrian pro-government sources reported that the SAA had continued its advance in the ISIS-held district of al-Hajar al-Aswad, south of the Yarmouk camp, capturing A’alaf neighborhood and several positions in the western part of the district.
From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters had killed 20 soldiers of the SAA during the clashes in al-Hajar al-Aswad. The source didn’t provide further details.
According to local observers the SAA deployment in the northern part of the Yarmouk camp will allow it to increase the pressure on the besieged ISIS fighters in southern Damascus. This will make the remainin ISIS units more vulnarable for the Syrian military’s artillery and air strikes.