The sources said that the army men, supported by heavy fire of the artillery units and fighter jets, stormed terrorists’ positions near the town al-Rahibeh in Eastern Qalmoun in the Northern part of Damascus province and imposed control over Tal al-Kharnoubeh and Arz al-Masilaha regions.
The sources further said that the army men have laid siege on the terrorists in the town of al-Rahibeh and cut off all the supply lines of the terrorists in Eastern Qalmaoun.
The army began the operation in al-Rahibeh after the militants refused to leave their positions in the town.
In a relevant development on Thursday, the army initiated a fresh phase of operations to drive a wedge between terrorist bastions in Eastern Qalamoun region of Damascus after the latter didn’t accept to withdraw from al-Rahibeh.
The Syrian Air Force pounded the terrorists’ positions and roads in al-Batra mountain in Eastern Qalamoun on Thursday.
Meantime, the Syrian ground forces engaged in clashes with the terrorists in al-Kharnoubeh in East of al-Rahibeh region.
Field sources said that the army’s military operations focused on al-Batra mountains which overlook al-Rahibeh and the adjacent areas, adding that the Syrian army intends to isolate al-Rahibeh from other nearby regions.
Meantime, reports said that a large number of residents of the towns and villages in Eastern Qalamoun have called for the Syrian army’s deployment in the region.
The Syrian army started operations in al-Rahibeh after Ahmad al-Abdu and Jeish al-Tahrir al-Sham terrorist groups rejected agreement with the government.