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Syrian Army Increases Pressure On ISIS In Yarmouk, New Round Of Negotiations Reported

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Syrian Army Increases Pressure On ISIS In Yarmouk, New Round Of Negotiations Reported

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

On May 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) continued their advance in the northern part of the ISIS-held al-Hajar al-Aswad district, south of Damascus, capturing several key buildings there, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The source said that SAA soldiers had killed and captured many fighters of ISIS during their advance.

The SAA and its allies captured the southern part of the strategic al-Hajar al-Aswad district on May 5 after violent clashes with ISIS fighters there.

Syrian Army Increases Pressure On ISIS In Yarmouk, New Round Of Negotiations Reported

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Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources reported that warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces had carried out a new wave of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the Yarmouk refugee camp.

From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters had killed ten soldiers of the SAA during the clashes in southern Damascus. The terrorist organization also executed two SAA soldiers who were previously captured by its fighters, according to Amaq.

The pro-government blog al-Masdar News said on May 5 that the negotiations between the Damascus government and the besieged fighters of ISIS in southern Damascus were resumed. However, many local observers doubt that a deal will be reached due to the savage acts by ISIS fighters there.

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