The Syrian government forces continued to push deeper into the rebel-held district of Barzeh as militants rained the capital with mortar shells.
In the meantime, a Syrian military commander on the frontline said that a field commander of the Free Syrian Army fighting alongside Al-Nusra was captured alive after all his men were killed by the government troops.
The captured terrorist commander was found hiding in his outpost after being shelled by the Army’s artillery.
Relevant reports said on Thursday that the army forces expanded the scope of their advances in more areas in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, imposing control over several points in the town of Housh al-Zawahereh.
The army units started their offensive in Housh al-Zawahereh from three directions and won back control of three districts in the town after clashes with the terrorists.
Meantime, the army advanced in al-Zariqiyeh-Housh al-Salehiyeh front.
A field source said that the Syrian soldiers discovered several networks of terrorists’ tunnels in the region, adding that the army will soon liberate Housh al-Zawahereh town.
Also, the Syrian army units advanced towards the town of al-Reihan after breaking the terrorists’ defense lines and destroying their strongholds.