On September 28, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated a large part of the heavily fortified area of al-Safa in the framework of its military operation against the remaining ISIS cells in the Damascus desert, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
Sham Hamdan, a reporter for the Syrian News TV, said that the SAA captured several lakes, caves and natural fortifications during its advance in the heart of al-Safa. The SAA also seized heavy machine guns and several anti-tank rocket propelled grenades, which had been left behind by ISIS terrorists.
On the other hand, ISIS cells managed to ambush a unit of the Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA), which was supporting the SAA operation in al-Safa. Pro-government sources confirmed that ten Palestinian fighters were killed as a result of the ambush.
The SAA has been advancing slowly in al-Safa for more than a month now in order to ensure the safety of around 30 civilian hostages who were abducted by ISIS fighters in late April.