Syrian Army, Hezbollah attempt to enter new East Ghouta district

A picture taken on November 7, 2013, shows an army tank driving through the streets of Sbeineh south of Syrian capital Damascus.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 416th Regiment of the Republican Guard – backed by Hezbollah and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – carried out a special operation in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus on Saturday night that targeted the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) at the villages Al-Bahariyah and Al-Nashabiyah.

According to a field correspondent in the East Ghouta, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah attacked the jihadist rebels at the eastern axis of Al-Bahariyah, killing 9 members of Jabhat Al-Nusra before advancing further west towards the village center.

The field correspondent added that the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah also carried out a powerful attack Al-Nashabiyah, where they once again tried to isolate the jihadist controlled town of Al-Salihiyah from the Jabhat Al-Nusra militants. This latest attack by the government forces is geared to enter District 7 of the East Ghouta, which has long been under the control of the jihadist rebels.

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