On March 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces liberated the key town of Bayt Siwa in the central part of the East Ghouta pocket, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Furthermore, Syrian pro-government sources reported that the SAA had captured several farms and the Tank Base around the town of Hawsh al-Ash’ari, south of Bayt Siwa. The SAA also imposed fire control over the strategic town of Misraba, according to sources.
In the northern part of the East Ghouta pocket, the SAA resumed it military operations in the Harasta district and captured several buildings east of the al-Bayrouni hospital in its northeastern part, according to the Syrian pro-government news outlet Damascus Now.
Meanwhile, civilians in the towns of Hammuuriyah and Kafr Batna continued their protests against militants. In a video released by Damascus Now, protestors have called for a withdrawal of militants from their towns and have accused them of committing crimes over the last 7 years.
According to Syrian pro-government activists, the ongoing protests and the rapid advance of the SAA in Misraba will led to the collapse of the militants’ defense in the center of the East Ghouta pocket soon. Should this happens, the militants-held areas will be split into two pockets, which will allow the SAA to increase pressure on them.