Rebels and allied jihadists have launched a brand new assault in east Damascus, two days after Syrian authorities forces repelled an preliminary assault.
A insurgent official mentioned that they had retaken floor within the Jobar district which they gained on Sunday however then misplaced throughout fierce clashes.
However state media mentioned the infiltration makes an attempt had been “foiled” and that the navy was bombing insurgent positions.
On Monday, warplanes carried out dozens of strikes on close by rebel-held areas.
Preventing for the reason that weekend has left a minimum of 38 pro-government fighters and 34 rebels and jihadists lifeless, based on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The top of the UK-based monitoring group, Rami Abdel Rahman, advised AFP information company that Tuesday’s insurgent assault started with a “massive blast at daybreak, probably because of a automobile bomb assault by the rebels towards a regime place between the districts of Jobar and Qaboun”.
The air power responded with raids on insurgent positions, whereas rebels shelled the Abbasiyin and Tijara areas, Mr Abdel Rahman added.
The Islamist insurgent faction Faylaq al-Sham introduced on Twitter “the second part” of a “steadfast battle” had begun.
“Thank God, all areas during which the [government] forces had superior over the previous few hours have been retaken. New areas have been seized and the [rebel] advance is ongoing amid collapses amongst the enemy’s ranks,” it mentioned.
Spokesman Wael Alwan advised Reuters information company that the group’s fighters had “hearth management” over garages within the Abbasid space and had begun storming them.
The official Sana information company cited a navy supply as saying military models had repelled Tuesday’s assault on the al-Maghazel firm space in northern Jobar by what it mentioned have been fighters from al-Nusra Entrance, a former al-Qaeda affiliate that lately shaped an alliance referred to as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.
Troops had managed to isolate and encircle the jihadists, inflicting heavy losses on them, the supply added.
On Sunday morning, fighters from a number of insurgent factions, Tahrir al-Sham and different jihadists launched a shock assault on a government-controlled a part of Jobar.
They managed to seize an industrial space adjoining the rebel-held Qaboun district and reached Abbasiyin, just one.2km (zero.7 miles) north-east of the Outdated Metropolis.
Authorities forces subsequently launched a fierce counterattack and by Sunday night state media have been reporting that that they had been regained the economic space.
The second insurgent assault got here two days earlier than the beginning of one other spherical of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva geared toward discovering a political answer to the civil struggle.
Authorities and insurgent factions agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities in December, however each side have accused one another of repeated violations. Tahrir al-Sham and the rival jihadist group, Islamic State, are excluded from the truce.
Activists say a minimum of 320,000 folks have been killed and 11 million displaced for the reason that rebellion towards President Bashar al-Assad started six years in the past.