Syria: Smoke billows above Yarmouk after SAA reportedly shells IS south of Damascus

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen billowing above the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk on Friday, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reportedly continued shelling the positions of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Earlier in the day, militants controlling areas in south Damascus have reportedly agreed to withdraw, following an offensive by government forces. Pending a full... Еще surrender accord, the SAA reportedly continued launching air strikes and artillery fire on IS positions in the Yarmouk Camp and the nearby districts of Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun in a bid to clear the remaining pockets of militants in south Damascus. Should militants in south Damascus fully surrender, the entire area around the Syrian capital will be retaken by government forces. The offensive comes after the SAA fully recaptured Eastern Ghouta from the militants earlier this month.

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