Syria rebels lift siege on Maliha town near Damascus


ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Monday, rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) broke the siege imposed by the pro-regime military forces on a number of fighters in Maliha town in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus countryside, south of Syria.

The FSA fighters, backed by members of al-Nusra Front, carried out a military operation against the pro-Assad army forces at the entrance of Maliha on Monday, leading to the lift of the two-week siege against the town were other rebels were stationed.

Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, civil activist Ahmad Sabbagh said that the process of lifting the siege started with a suicide bombing by a member of the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) in gatherings of regime forces between the towns of Maliha and Zebdin, before fighters of The Joint Chamber of Maliha Operations break into the regime-held headquarters, amid reports of casualties on both side.

“The town was exposed to artillery shelling and missile attacks by the regime military forces stationed in the Air Defence Administration on the outskirts of the town, while similar strike by tank shelling was simultaneously launched against the town,” Sabbagh reported. “Fierce clashes broke out between the pro-regime forces and rebels of the FSA backed by the Islamic Battalions in several axes of the town.”

In the meantime, civil rights activist Mazen Ibrahim told ARA News in Damascus that one civilian was killed and four others wounded in al-Muhajireen neighbourhood of central Damascus on Monday, after being hit by a missile from an unknown source.

Al-Muhajireen’s bombing coincided with the fall of a rocket on the nearby neighbourhood of Mezzeh Villat, injuring two civilians. While two other rockets landed on the neighbourhood of Mezzeh 86, without recording casualties.

Local activists also reported that two civilians were killed and six others injured on Monday evening in Jaramanah city of Damascus countryside after being hit with mortar shells.


Reporting by: Jawad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

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