DAMASCUS – Clashes broke out on Thursday between Syrian government troops and militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Damascus suburb.
Subsequent to heavy clashes, ISIS militants seized control of al-Hawrin village and eastern parts of Maheen town in the countryside of Damascus, media activists and military sources reported.
“Syrian regime’s army forces were obliged to evacuate their headquarters in al-Hawrin and eastern Maheen under heavy blows by ISIS,” media activist Ayham Shami told ARA News in Damascus.
“Several army vehicles were seen entering Damascus city, carrying wounded soldiers and some weapons. They have withdrawn from the clashes’ area to avoid further losses among soldiers,” Shami reported.
At least 20 Syrian army soldiers were killed in the clashes, according to an ISIS-linked military source.
“The mujahideen (ISIS jihadists) have also seized a large deal of ammunition and weapons from pro-Assad troops in the clashes, beside a tank and several heavy machine guns,” the source said.
Militants of the Islamic State are already in control of several districts in the southern countryside of Damascus, including al-Hajar al-Aswad and parts of al-Yarmouk.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News
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