Syrian rebels hit pro-Assad forces in Damascus, casualties reported


Syrian rebels fire a mortar towards regime forces stationed at Kwiriss airport in Al-Bab. Photo: AFP

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – At least a dozen soldiers of the Syrian regime army were reportedly killed in clashes with rebel groups while trying to advance on several fighting fronts in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus in southern Syria, local sources reported on Thursday.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Ziad Hussein said that fierce clashes erupted between the pro-regime army forces and rebel fighters on the Bala fighting front, but the rebel groups were able to deter the advancement of the regime’s army and kill several soldiers in the ranks of the regime’s army forces.

“Syrian rebels were able to destroy a regime-led bulldozer as well as killing seven members of the Assad’s loyal forces, ” he reported. 

Rebel fighters gave also destroyed an armored vehicle for the army and killed its entire crew, according to a rebel spokesman.

“Three other soldiers were killed on the fighting front of the Jisrain town amid mutual artillery and missile bombardment,” he reported. 

Eyewitnesses told ARA News that similar clashes broke out between the two sides in the fighting front of al-Nashabiyah. Casualties were reported on both sides.

Also on Thursday, the pro-regime warplanes conducted over six raids on headquarters of the rebels in the districts of Bala and Marj in Damascus suburb, wounding six civilians, including a woman and two children who were taken immediately to a field hospital for treatment.

Additionally, helicopters loyal to president Bashar al-Assad dropped more than eight barrel bombs on the town of Khan al-Sheeh in the western Ghouta, claiming the lives of several people and injuring others, including an elderly man who suffered serious injuries. 

The southern fronts of the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus has been witnessing daily clashes between the regime’s forces and opposition factions, including the Army of Islam, for several weeks amid mutual shelling between the two sides. 

Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa

Source: ARA News

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