Syria: Infighting Intensifies among Rival Terrorist Groups in Southern Damascus
The sources said that the ISIL militants launched another wave of attacks on rival groups in the Southern suburbs of Damascus city, targeting the positions of Jeish al-Islam, Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and the Free Syrian Army throughout the district of Tadamun.
The sources added that ISIL managed to capture new points within the district and kill five rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army.
Clashes are still underway, the sources went on to say.
Thursday’s attack follows a week of protracted firefights during which ISIL has also managed to drive rival militants out of most of the al-Zein street between the Yalda and Babila districts, giving them considerable fire control over most of the former area where many civilians are known to live.
Sources said last week that the ISIL engaged in fierce clashes with Jeish al-Islam in al-Zein in Hajar al-Aswad region in the Southern countryside of Damascus city, imposing control over a set of buildings, including strategic White Building that overlooks the settlement of Yalda in Southern Damascus.
They added that a number of both warring sides were killed or wounded in the clashes.
Some other sources reported that the ISIL has captured the entire al-Zein neighborhood.