On April 6, Jaysh al-Islam broke the ceasefire agreement in Duma district and shelled the civilian areas in the al-Wafddien refugee camp and Dahiyat al-Assad district with rockets and mortars, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
The news agency reported that warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces had conducted a series of airstrikes on Jaysh al-Islam positions in the Duma district in response to the attack.
Earlier, SyAAF helicopters dropped thousands of leaflet over Duma, in which the government called on civilians there to stay in their houses and gave Jaysh al-Islam fighters the last chance to accept an evacuation or reconciliation agreement.
Syrian pro-government sources said that the SAA and the Tiger Forces are now preparing to launch a final assault to eliminate Jaysh al-Islam in the Duma district. According to the sources, the attack will be supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces.
During the last week, Jaysh al-Islam leadership repeatedly rejected proposals of a peaceful solution and vowed to fight “until death” in Duma. Some of its leaders even compared the besieged district to the Palestinian Gaza Strip and called the peaceful efforts “a devil’s dream”.
If the military solution happens, it will be implemented mostly because of the stubbornness of Jaysh al-Islam leadership, that appears to be separated from reality.