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DAMASCUS – Warplanes of the pro-Assad air force launched Wednesday several air raids on strongholds of the opposition factions in the vicinity Damascus, in an attempt to eradicate rebels entrenched on the outskirts of the capital, military sources reported.
Backed by an air cover, pro-Assad troops began a military operation on the ground in a bid to fortify the areas controlled by the government.
This come as Russian warplanes back the regime forces combatting rebels in central Syria, including Homs, Hamah, Latakia and Aleppo provinces.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Muhammad Shami said that pro-Assad warplanes launched several air raids on rebels’ positions in Jobar neighborhood in eastern Damascus on Wednesday.
Jobar has been an embattled area for more than two years. The continuous violence has reportedly caused a mass displacement among civilians.
The key neighborhood of Jobar is located near the Abbasid square, which leads directly to the heart of Damascus. Jobar provides access to the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, east of the capital.
The Syrian regime’s army has repeatedly sought to regain Jobar.
“Pro-Assad warplanes have launched several air raids on Jobar and the surrounding districts, beside bombing rebels’ headquarters with heavy artillery,” Shami told ARA News, pointing out that pro-regime forces, including the Lebanese Shiite militia of Hezbollah, were combatting Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front, in the area for days.
Also on Wednesday, the Syrian air force targeted the city of Duma –a rebel-held suburb of Damascus– with several airstrikes, killing at least fifteen civilians, including women and children, a local source reported.
Reporting by: Resho Issa
Source: ARA News