On March 20, Syrian government forces continued developing momentum against the joint militant forces led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).
The Syrian army and its allies retook the Abbasiyeen Garages, the Abbasiyeen square and the Al-Ghazal factory. These gains allowed to reimpose the siege on the Qabun area in eastern Damascus.
Over 30 members of terrorist groups were killed and at least two armoured vehicles were destroyed in the clashes, according to pro-government sources. The numbers were confirmed by photos and videos from the area.
Liwa al-Quds (a Palestinian pro-government group) even reported that government forces had regained all points lost to terrorists yesterday. However, this still has to be confirmed.
مصدر عسكري : استعادت وحدات من قواتنا المسلحة جميع النقاط التي تسلل إليها إرهابيو جبهة النصرة والمجموعات التابعة… https://t.co/ohDAe4Gl0h
— لواء القدس (@alqudsbrigade11) March 20, 2017
Menawhile, pro-militant sources argued that over 40 members of the Syrian army and other pro-government groups were killed. Nonetheless, no photos and videos were provided.
Change in situation after recent gains by Opposition in Industrial district between #Qaboun and #Jobar neighborhoods in E-#Damascus. #Syria pic.twitter.com/Qc3J2fUCST — archicivilians (@archicivilians) March 19, 2017
On March 19, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham an attack against government positions in the Qabun Industrial District in order to link up the Qabun area with the Jobar and Eastern Ghouta regions held by militants. Initially, the militants seized a number of points and broke the siege.
Videos from the area:
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Syrian troops at the Abbasiyeen Garages: