Continuing its campaign against Daish (IS) and other opposition armed groups, Syrian army has given them 48 hours ultimatum to terrorists to leave a pocket, called al-Yarmouk situated in south of Damascus.
According to Damascus based Al-Watan Arabic language daily, “The two-day window is an attempt to avoid a military assault. If they refuse to leave, the army is ready to launch a military operation to end their presence in the area.”
The daily further said, Syrian forces have for days been launching air strikes on the area controlled by Daesh (IS) in the south of Damascus, primarily around the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp and its surrounding areas.
According to Tehran based Press TV, On Tuesday, the Syrian army began shelling the militant held enclave in the Palestinian Yamrouk camp and the nearby al-Hajar al-Aswad area prior to the planned military campaign that would target the Daesh and al-Nusra Front terror groups.
Meanwhile, official SANA news agency reports on Thursday that evacuation of “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists and their families from al-Dmair town in the countryside of Damascus has begun after handing over their heavy and medium weapons as part of the agreement reached with the government.
The report further said that five buses were prepared to transport scores of terrorists and their families to the main gathering point before transporting them to Jarablos under the supervision of Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Earlier terrorists evacuated from Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, were also transported to Jarablos, situated in north-eastern Syria.
Yarmouk, about 8 km from central Damascus, was home to Syria’s largest Palestinian refugee community before the Syrian war began in 2011. According to UN estimates thousands remain trapped in the town. Most of the camp’s residents fled to other parts of Syria or to neighbouring countries due to ongoing war in the country.
The liberation of Yarmouk district would give the Syrian government full control over Damascus for the first time since 2012. In recent months Syrian army has achieved several advances by destroying terrorist infrastructure and in some cases transferring them to certain northern areas. However, terrorists have lately increased their violent acts following a series of defeats on the ground.
On Saturday, Syrian army entered Douma town in Eastern Ghouta for clean-up operations days after they fully retook the entire suburban areas near Damascus. Douma was used as a launch pad for deadly attacks against civilians in the capital.
Douma was liberated after the withdrawal of the terrorists associated with Jaish al-Islam under a Russian-mediated agreement with Syrian government. Syrian forces were not allowed to enter the twon during the evacuation.