Syrian Soldiers Make Fresh Gains in War on Terrorism in Eastern Damascus

Katrina Barker
July 24, 2017

The army "announces a halt in fighting in some areas of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province from midday on Saturday (9am GMT)", it said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA. The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on sources in Syria for its information, did not report any casualties.

"Yes, the agreement was reached and now it came into force", he said, adding that the agreement would hopefully end the siege in Ghouta and would allow the delivery of humanitarian aid and fuel.

"There will be forces of delimitation between us and the regime in the zone, and it is considered part of the political settlement or preparation for it", the Jaysh al-Islam leader added, calling the agreement "the best for the Syrian situation".

The army men engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra in Ein Terma and captured several buildings after Sonbol petrol station, advancing nearly 800 meters along the main passageways of terrorists in Eastern Ghouta.

Moscow, Beirut- Russia's Defense Ministry announced on Saturday reaching an agreement with moderate opposition forces on how a ceasefire will function in Damascus' Ghouta.

However, no rebel group has come forward saying it signed the Cairo agreement, with one influential group saying it was not involved.

On Sunday, six air strikes hit the towns of Douma and Ain Terma in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, it reported.

It has not yet been fully implemented due to disgreements on who will police the safe zones.

Russian Federation said hours earlier it had signed a deal with "moderate" Syrian rebels at peace talks in Cairo on how a safe zone would function in Eastern Ghouta.

The Cairo meeting "follows on from the ceasefire deal for the south of Syria" that took hold on July 9, said Wael Alwan, a spokesman for Faylaq al-Rahman.

The first cease-fire for areas in southern Syria was brokered by Russian Federation, the United States, and Jordan.

Syria and Russian Federation have announced agreement on a cease-fire in an area that is a stronghold of opposition forces near the capital, Damascus.

However, Russia, Turkey and Iran failed to meet a June 4 deadline to set exact boundaries for the zones.

Lebanon's army said Ahmad Al-Fliti was killed in shelling by "the terrorist organization of the Al-Nusra Front", referring to Fateh Al-Sham.

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