CAIRO – Syrian government forces have regained control of Islamic State-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus, a British war monitor reported on Monday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that government troops’ progress is aimed at restoring the areas which were captured by the armed factions on Sunday.
The industrial area separates the factions’ controlled areas in the Jobar neighborhood from regime-held areas in the Qaboun district on the eastern outskirts of the capital.
Rebel groups, including former al-Qaida affiliate Fatah al-Sham Front, managed to seize on Sunday parts of al-Abbasiyyin area, but were repelled on Monday by pro-government forces, the SOHR added.
According to the SOHR, clashes continued on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus, where in the past 24 hours over 400 artillery shells were dropped and 80 air raids were launched against rebel positions.
Additionally, state-owned Syrian television said that military units had taken over all areas, infiltrated by “terrorist groups” on Sunday.
Syrian television also showed photos of an area near Qaboun, where fighting is still continuing.
This month marks the sixth anniversary of the war in Syria, where more than 321,000 people have died, according to the SOHR.