The regime forces and allies continue their military operations south of the capital Damascus, amid aerial and missile shelling on the area


Damascus Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: military operations are taking place in the southern part of the capital Damascus, where warplanes continue to bombard places in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Yarmouk Camp and the outskirts of al-Tadamon, coincided with rocket shelling on the same areas, in conjunction with the continuation of the violent clashes in the contact areas, between the regime forces supported by their loyal gunmen of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities against the “Islamic State” organization, in continuous attacks by the regime forces attempting to control the entire neighborhood of al-Hajar al-Aswad, while the organization seeks to absorb the attacks and recover the sites it lost yesterday, Thursday, amid information about more casualties and injuries due to the continuous shelling and clashes, where the Syrian Observatory published yesterday, Thursday, that it has increased to 117 at least, the number of members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, who were killed since Thursday the 19th of April 2018, including 16 officers and 6 of them were executed, while it has increased to 102, the number of members of the organization who were killed in the shelling, clashes and targeting that left tens of wounded in the ranks of the both parties, and the death toll is expected to rise because of the continued combat operations and the presence of injured cases in critical situation.

And sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory few days ago, that the Jaysh al-Islam have handed over about half of it position points opposite to the “Islamic State” organization to the regime forces, after a meeting  for commanders of Jaysh al-Islam south of Rif Dimashq with an Islamic brigade working in the area, and, with the regime forces, which pushed fighters of Jaysh al-Islam to leave their position points and they were divided in this decision between them and the leadership of Jaysh al-Islam, also trusted sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the meeting on the 26th of April 2018 have included the Russian General, who confirmed that after his meeting with Ali Mamlouk and the Russian Forces’ Commander in Syria, they saw that there is no use in regime’s presence on the line separating the factions and the “Islamic State” organization, and that the factions operating in the south of Rif Dimashq should maintain their fronts without allowing the organization to advance, and should prepare a coordination team between the factions operating south of Rif Dimashq and the regime forces for both parties to coordinate with each other’s, after stopping the violations of the 4th Division and the Republican Guards against the factions, and that the humanitarian crossing that reach to the areas of south of Rif Dimashq will be opened, provided that the organization does not benefit from it, the sources also confirmed that the Russian General asked for the attendance of all officers who threatened the factions in the meeting on April the 25th, and assured them that everyone must follow orders and instructions, and that the regime has no ability to face the organization as the factions do, and that the Republican Guards must be cautious because it is a scandal for a member of them to be slaughtered by the “Islamic State” organization and beheaded, and that he is confident that many of them will be beheaded if they take the contact points of the factions instead of fighters of the factions working south of Rif Dimashq, and he put the regime officers responsible for the injury of its members or members of the factions.

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