Damascus (Syria News) Clashes have escalated in southern the capital, Damascus, between the regime forces, backed by Syrian and foreign militias and the Islamic State group in the last 24 hours, in an attempt of the regime forces to recapture al-Hajar al-Aswad area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, today, that clashes escalated between the regime forces and Islamic State militants in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood, outskirts and vicinity of Yarmouk Camp and al-Tadamon neighborhood.
The clashes were accompanied by intense and violent rocket and artillery shelling, while regime warplanes also dropped barrel bombs on the ISIS-held areas, south of Damascus, the SOHR added.
The Islamic State group carried out counterattacks to stop the attempts of the regime forces to recapture the area and forced them to retreat toward the residential areas in al-Hajar al-Aswad.
The counterattacks launched by the regime forces inflicted significant human losses in the ranks of the regime forces and their allied militias, where at least 19 members of the regime forces were killed during the clashes.
These casualties have raised the death toll in the ranks of the regime forces to at least 142 persons, including 16 officers, while death toll in the ranks of the Islamic State rose to 111 fighters.
It is noteworthy that last month, the Syrian regime announced reaching a ceasefire agreement in the town of Yalda, Bibla, Bayt Sahm and al-Hajar al-Aswad, in southern Damascus.