DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – The death toll continues to pile up on both sides in Damascus as Islamist opposition factions and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) battle it out for control of the capital’s eastern suburbs.
Failaq Al-Rahman, a group loosely tied to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), published a string of photos and brief videos today showing its militants opening fire on the SAA in the embattled neighborhood of Ayn Tarma on Sunday:
Among the weapons used by Failaq Al-Rahman were machine-guns, snipers, hell cannons, guided anti-tank missiles and rocket launchers:
According to the aforementioned FSA group, 7 SAA soldiers were killed on Monday while one was forced to surrender after being heavily injured.
In response, the SAA’s 4th Mechanized Division – heavily assisted by the 105th and 106th Brigades of the Republican Guard – intensified their shelling of Ayn Tarma, Douma, Zamalka and Jobar. Airstrikes were also called in to hammer insurgent-held villages in the East Ghouta, some of which are controlled by Jaish Al-Islam and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).
More photos of Failaq Al-Rahman capturing an SAA soldier and monitoring government positions in east Damascus: