Syrian army and rebels quarrel extreme clashes in northeast Damascus

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebels launched a vital descent on Sunday that brought them tighten to a heart of a Old City of Damascus, and supervision army responded with heated bombardments of rebel-held areas.

The escalation, reported by witnesses, state TV, insurgent sources, and a monitoring group, noted a bid by a rebels to soothe army vigour on besieged areas they control to a easterly of a capital.

Moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups were both concerned in a conflict on a districts of Jobar and Abbasiyin, some 2 km (1.2 miles) easterly of a Old City walls.

Syrian state radio pronounced a army had detered an infiltration attempts by a militants and bombarded them with artillery, inflicting complicated losses.

Witnesses pronounced a army deployed tanks in some adjacent neighborhoods, and infantry could be seen patrolling on foot.

“The streets are dull and a army has despatched dozens of infantry in a streets, and tanks are being moved. The sounds of mortars from Jobar have not stopped,” pronounced a proprietor of a circuitously Tijara district, who asked not to be named.

Another declare pronounced many shops had sealed in areas tighten to a fighting, as people fled serve divided from a clashes.

Heavy explosions rang out in a credentials as state TV promote live from Abbasiyin square, a customarily plentiful area that seemed to be forlorn of trade and pedestrians.


With a recapture of a city of Aleppo final December, President Bashar al-Assad’s army reinforced a widespread position opposite many of a country. Since afterwards it has been perplexing to mangle down insurgent insurgency in Damascus and reassert full control of a collateral after 6 years of war.

The army and a militias have for months been targeting Eastern Ghouta, a biggest remaining insurgent citadel nearby Damascus, while creation usually incremental gains.

Rebel sources pronounced their conflict on tools of Jobar, that they hold for a time in 2013, was in response to their detriment of belligerent in Qaboun and Barza, dual other districts to a north.

“This is to soothe a vigour on rebels, with a regime not interlude a barrage and artillery shelling on a people,” Abu Abdo, a commander from insurgent organisation Failaq al Rahman pronounced around internet messaging, adding that a aim was to couple adult Jobar with Qaboun.

He pronounced a insurgent operation had enclosed dual self-murder bombings launched by Tahrir al Sham, a bloc of jihadist groups whose fortitude is a former al Qaeda associate Nusra Front.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that monitors a war, pronounced rebels had prisoner several industrial sites and buildings between Jobar and Qaboun after rising their warn attack.

An central of Ahrar al-Sham insurgent organisation pronounced the

capture of vast swathes of a industrial area that has prolonged been an army line of invulnerability for a collateral could assistance a bid to lift deeper into a heart of a collateral in entrance days.

The Observatory pronounced insurgent shells strike several districts, and supervision warplanes battered a Jobar area in response. At slightest 30 raids were conducted and hundreds of surface-to-surface missiles targeted rebel-held areas.

Another insurgent warrior concurred army advances in a final dual days toward a vital highway between Qaboun and Barza had been a large blow.

The constraint of that highway would disjoin a couple between a dual besieged insurgent districts, where tens of thousands of people live and would force a hands of rebels to determine to deals worked out elsewhere that force them to lift behind to northern Syria.

The deals are noticed by rebels as forcibly displacing people who conflict Assad after years of barrage and siege.

“Taking this highway would besiege Barza and Qaboun totally and with a confidence belt around it,” pronounced Abu Abdullah, another warrior with Failaq al Rahman.7

Rebels pronounced several factions in Eastern Ghouta, including a widespread Jaish al-Islam group, were promulgation reinforcements to Jobar to assistance rebels say a movement of a assault.

(Reporting by Ellen Francis in Beirut and Suleiman al Khalidi in Amman, additional stating by Kinda Makieh; Editing by Mark Trevelyan and Sandra Maler)

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