DAMASCUS – Rebel fighters of Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army) bombed on Saturday Syrian regime’s security headquarters in the capital Damascus, killing dozens of pro-Assad troops, military sources reported.
“At least 28 pro-Assad security forces were killed and dozens more wounded in a strategic operation by fighters of Jaish al-Islam,” the group said in a statement on Saturday.
“Forces of Jaish al-Islam have infiltrated into security headquarters of pro-Assad troops in Joubar neighborhood in Damascus and detonated a large amount of explosives,” the leadership of Jaish al-Islam said.
This comes only one day after a Russian airstrike, coordinated with Syrian regime’s intelligence, hit a building in Damascus suburb where leading members of the rebel group were meeting. The top leader and founder of Jaish al-Islam Zahran Alloush was among those killed in the airstrike on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Zuher al-Ghoutani said that the bombardment of the regime’s security headquarters in Joubar comes in response to the killing of Alloush.
“A state of alert hit the ranks of pro-Assad troops in Joubar and other areas of Damascus after the operation of Jaish al-Islam, that claimed lives of dozens of security forces,” al-Ghoutani said. “The regime’s troops imposed a curfew on several districts across Damascus in a bid to minimize the chance for the rebels to move or infiltrate into other regime headquarters in the capital.”
On Friday, a Russian airstrike hit rebel headquarters in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus countryside. “The Russian airstrike hit a building near Misraba district of Eastern Ghouta, where major rebel commanders of al-Islam Army were holding a meeting, including the prominent leader of the group Zahran Alloush,” media activist and rebel spokesman Jihad Mustafa told ARA News in Damascus.
The raid has also claimed lives of several leading members of the group, including the deputy of Alloush.
Zahran Alloush is the founder of al-Islam Army, the largest rebel group in Damascus province. He had led rebel operations against pro-Assad army in Damascus and its countryside for nearly three years after deserting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and establishing his own rebel group. Regime-held districts of Damascus have been repeatedly exposed to bombardment by the rebels of al-Islam Army.
Reporting by: Adel Hassan
Source: ARA News
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