The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has resumed operations in the strategic Hawsh al-Dawahra area in the eastern Ghouta. The SAA is trying to push opposition fighters out of the orchards in the south of the eastern Ghouta to enforce them to accept an evacuation agreement similar to Aleppo’s case. According to opposition sources the Syrian Army has begun attempt to advance in Hawsh al-Dawahra after intensive aerial bombardment that was targeting militant’s HQ and fortifications in the village.
However, Jaish al-Islam has managed to repel the attack and destroyed a T-72 tank during the clashes.
Militants also targeted the SAA’s Shilka self-propelled vehicle with a recoilless gun (B9):
Meanwhile heavy clashes have returned to the south of Al-Qaboun district, where the Syrian Army is trying to intersect the district into two parts, clashes also returned to the northern of Joubar district, where the SAA targeted Haya’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) centers in the district with heavy rockets during a defensive operation aimed at preventing of possible attacks and further enemies’ offense exploitation.
From its side Jaish al-Islam has launched a series of limited operations and demonstrations aimed at dispersing the Syrian Army. It has targeted SAA points on the Homs-Damascus international highway as well as its fighters have destroyed a 14.5 mm. machine-gun upon one of SAA points in Meda’ny. No causalities reported.
Jaish al-Islam militants are firing at the SAA 14.5mm gun:
Jaish al-Islam is attacking the SAA point at the Homs-Damascus international highway:
It is expected that clashes will escalate in the eastern Ghouta in the coming days, especially in Qaboun district on Homs-Damascus International highway and in the town of Hawsh al-Dawahra in the eastern Ghouta where the SAA is trying to resume its progress after overcoming the confusion of the battle of Joubar and Hama battles.
Fresh photos of the SAA in Qaboun (source):