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Regime forces advance into southern Damascus, losses increase

Regime forces advance into southern Damascus, losses increase
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Damascus (Syria News) Syrian regime forces announced capturing several areas in southern Damascus, during the ongoing battles against the Islamic State group, Enab Baladi News reported on Saturday.

The central War Media Cell revealed that Assad forces managed to capture a number of buildings, including: UNRWA school and popular work office, southwest of Yarmouk Camp, and the Educational Development Center, north of al-Hajar al-Aswad area.

Syrian media outlets pointed out that fierce battles are taking place between Assad forces and the Islamic State in the streets of al-Hajar al-Aswad, since the early morning.

The outlets added that the neighborhoods of Yarmouk Camp and al-Hajar al-Aswad are suffering heavy artillery and aerial shelling, along with several attempts to storm into the areas from many axes. The clashes inflicted heavy losses on Assad forces, while a number of civilians were injured.

Meanwhile, the ISIS-owned Amaq Agency announced, today, the killing of 22 members of Assad forces during the clashes in al-Tadamun and al-Hajar al-Aswad areas.

Also, the terrorist group-owned al-Nabaa newspaper reported that 600 members of Assad forces and their allied militias were killed in southern Damascus, since the start of the military campaign on the area. A number of civilians in the ISIS-held Tadamun neighborhood were killed by an air strike.

On the other hand, pro-regime media accused the so-called terrorist groups of attacking civilians in Tadamun neighborhood and its surrounding neighborhoods.

It is noteworthy that regime forces launched a military campaign in southern Damascus on 19 April, while announced, early this week, separating the ISIS-held areas in Yarmouk Camp from al-Hajar al-Aswad areas.

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