Pro-Assad army intensifies operations near Damascus despite ongoing peace talks



ARA News

Damascus, Syria− Despite the ongoing peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian regime and the opposition, the regime forces continued its military operations against the rebel fighters in the countryside of Damascus. 

Yazan Ibrahim, a civil activist in Damascus, said that the pro-regime force targeted areas near Damascus on Thursday.

“At least 10 civilians were injured in the Misraba town after the regime forces bombarded the town with heavy artillery stationed at the Air Defense Department in the al-Mleiha town on the road to Damascus International Airport,” Ibrahim told ARA News. “An artillery bombardment hit several towns in the eastern suburbs of Damascus amid fierce clashes between the regime forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in cities of Darayya and Adra.” 

Over two months, the city of Darayya, in the western Ghouta near Damascus, witnessed continuous clashes between the FSA and the regime forces in a try by each group to take over the city. Darayya was repeatedly targeted by artillery shelling stationed at the headquarters of the Fourth Division −a pro-Assad military base. The shelling caused large destruction in several residential buildings and damage of private property.

Cities of Duma, Zemelka and Zabadani, besides the towns of al-Neshabiya, al-Bileliya and Herzema were also targeted by artillery shelling and rockets on Thursday. No casualties were reported. 

Earlier on Wednesday, residents of the Damascus southern district of Yarmouk signed a petition in front of the headquarter of the United Nations Youth Support Organization concerning the poor humanitarian conditions in the district, mainly caused by the siege imposed by the regime forces since nearly six months.


Reporting by: Jewad al-Ali

Source: ARA News


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