TASS, April 22. Syria’s army and militias forced terrorists out of the al-Zayn neighborhood in the southern outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, the Al-Manar TV station reported.
During the operation, the forces blocked the strongholds of militants from the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (terror groups, outlawed in Russia) in the south of the capital.
According to the TV channel, the government forces are advancing to the Tadamon neighborhood. The troops from the Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, where the key forces of the adversary are concentrated, are advancing towards them.
The attack of forces and militias in this area started after surgical strikes carried out by Syria’s Air Force and artillery on the command posts of terrorists and ammunition depots. The militants suffered huge losses.
On Friday, the IS and Jabhat al-Nusra militants, who control several strongholds in the south of Damascus, disrupted the ceasefire brokered with the Syrian military. The armed groups were expected to be withdrawn from the outskirts of Damascus to Al-Sukhnah, some 70 km from Palmyra, and to the north of Syria in the Idlib Governorate.
The number of terrorists in Al-Hajar al-Aswad and the neighboring Tadamon and the Yarmouk refugee camp stands at 1,220. The terrorists reached the southern outskirts of Damascus in 2015 and sporadically attacked roadblocks of the Syrian forces from there. On March 21, 36 servicemen were killed when repelling one of these attacks by militants.