Loyalist forces may divide Eastern Ghouta into two areas

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 11 مارس، 2018 12:16:10 ص خبر عسكري الحصار

Rif Dimashq - SMART

On Saturday, loyalist forces advanced in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, and are now close to separating the besieged enclave into two parts.

Activists reported to SMART that the loyalist forces advanced into the town of Misraba, 12 kilometers east of Damascus, after clashes with Jaish al-Islam. After the advance, the loyalist forces only need to seize the town of Mdiera in order to reach the Armored Vehicle base, wich is the location of the ongoing Battle of Harasta.   

A military source reported that the loyalist forces seized the Aftaris base after clashes with the al-Rahman Legion. The al-Rahman Legion killed about 30 members of the loyalist forces during the clashes.

Another source pointed out that the al-Rahman Legion and the loyalist forces clashed near an ice factory in the town of Mdiera. The al-Rahman Legion withdrew after the loyalist forces advanced into the town of Misraba.   

Earlier on Saturday, loyalist and Russian warplanes bombed the towns and cities of Eastern Ghouta with internationally prohibited napalm shells, killing 28 civilians and injuring others.

Russia and the loyalist forces claim that the reason why they have launched a military operation on Eastern Ghouta is to fight factions of al-Nusra Front, however Jaish al-Islam confirm that they expelled all elements of the al-Nusra Front from the area, while the al-Rahman Legion communicated with the United Nations about expelling the al-Nusra Front.     

On Feb. 18, the loyalist forces and Russia launched a military operation that has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and destroyed infrastructure and hospitals in the towns and cities of Eastern Ghouta. Ghouta has been under siege by the Syrian government for five years. On Feb. 24, 2018, the United Nations Security Council approved Resolution 2401, which calls for a 30-day ceasefire in all of Syria and the permission to provide humanitarian aid and evacuate injured and sick civilians from Ghouta.

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تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 11 مارس، 2018 12:16:10 ص خبر عسكري الحصار
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