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Syrian Army Preparing For Anti-ISIS Operation South Of Damascus

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Syrian Army Preparing For Anti-ISIS Operation South Of Damascus

ISIS fighters south of Damascus city, Illustrative image

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Palestinian pro-government forces are preparing to launch a military operation against the besieged ISIS fighters in the Yarmouk refugee camp south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 5.

According to SOHR’s report, the SAA and its allies have been massing their forces in the outskirts of the Yarmouk camp since April 1. Syrian pro-government sources believe that the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and Liwa al-Quds will be leading the operation, which will be backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces.

The Syrian al-Watan newspaper supported the SOHR’s report and revealed that there are now more than 2,000 fighters of ISIS in the Yarmouk camp. An unnamed source, who is well-informed on the ongoing negotiations with the militants in southern Damascus, told al-Watan that the Damascus government is ready to allow ISIS fighters to withdraw from Yarmouk, if they are open to that.

The source also revealed to al-Watan that the negotiations with the Syrian opposition militants in the districts of Yalda, Babbila, and Beit Sahm, which began on March 28, is witnessing progress. The militants in these districts backed off from their previous strict stands, according to the source.

Syrian opposition sources believe that an evacuation agreement between the militants in Yalda, Babbila and Beit Sahm and the Damascus government is imminent. However, the supposed deal may be delayed until the Yarmouk camp is cleared from ISIS, according to pro-government sources.

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