The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Clashes continue south of Damascus with air and ground shelling after the death of about 440 members of the regime forces, allies, and ISIS

Damascus Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the southern section of the capital Damascus, is witnessing continued shelling and clashes at a different degrees of violence, since the outbreak of clashes on the 19th of April 2018, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of clashes at a different degrees of violence in areas in Yarmouk camp and al-Tadamon area, and in the area between al-Hajar al-Aswad and Yarmouk Camp in the southern section of the capital Damascus, between members of the “Islamic State” organization against the regime forces supported by gunmen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, accompanied by renewed rocket shelling by the latter on the organization’s sites and controlled areas, where each party is trying to advance at the expense of the other, and the regime forces are trying to keep on advancing in the clash areas, while the “Islamic State” organization is trying to restore the areas it lost to the regime, also warplanes bombarded the “Islamic State” organization’s controlled areas on the outskirts of al-Tadamon area after midnight of yesterday, amid information about more human losses.

The Syrian Observatory published yesterday, Wednesday that it rose to 227 persons at least, of members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, who have been killed since Thursday the 19th of April 2018, including 27 officers and 9 of them were executed, while it has increased to 212, 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, while the Syrian Observatory published two days ago  that it monitored the regime forces being able to advance with the support of their allies, and forcing the organization to withdraw from the remaining areas it used to control in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, where the regime forces imposed their control over the entire neighborhood of al-Hajar al-Aswad, which witnessed hit-and-run clashes and swing of control between the organization and regime’s members and their loyal gunmen in the past few days, in the clashes that have been taking place since the 19th of April 2018, amid attempts by the organization to recover the positions it has lost in the neighbourhood, and with this advancement for the regime forces south of Damascus, the “Islamic State” organization now has only about 70% of Yarmouk Camp and a part of al-Tadamon neighborhood in the southern sector of the capital, and if the regime forces were able to advance with the support of warplanes, helicopters and the ground shelling, then the organization will lose its existence completely, and it is believed that the organization may return to the previous agreement between it and representatives of the Syrian regime, or reaching a new agreement about its exit from the area.