23:20 GMT02 December 2020
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    The Syrian army has launched an operation to rid settlements in the eastern outskirts of Damascus of al-Nusra terrorists.

    The Syrian army has launched the second stage of its operation to liberate the areas of Ain Tarma and Jobar, in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, from al-Nusra Front terrorists.

    A military source told Sputnik Arabic that the first stage of the operation was a success. The Syrian army took control of the area around a gas station in Sonbol, as well as a network of underground tunnels. 

    Clashes between the military and the terrorists are ongoing in an area surrounding a marble plant and the Harmalah tunnel in the center of the Ain Tarma neighborhood. 

    The Islamists have regularly opened fire in Ain Tarma and the neighboring areas of Jaramana, Bab Sharki, al Abbasiin or Bab Toma. The Syrian army operation aims to rid the region of these armed groups.

    On August 2, the Russian embassy compound in Damascus came under mortar fire from positions held by the al-Nusra Front and al-Rahman Legion terrorist groups.

    Two shells fell onto the territory of the Russian embassy, two more exploded in the immediate vicinity of the external perimeter of the mission. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that no one was killed and slight damage was caused.

    As well as anti-terror operations around Damascus, the Syrian army is conducting a five-pronged offensive in the Syrian Desert in an effort to encircle the terrorists holed up in eastern Homs and liberate Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

    In June, the military's advance near Palmyra in the Homs province deprived Daesh terrorists of control over the Shaer gas field.

    The army also liberated the al Heil oilfield last month and is carrying out an operation to drive Islamic terrorists from the town of al-Sukhnah, north-east of Palmyra. al-Sukhnah lies on the road to Deir ez-Zor, a government-held city which has been besieged by Daesh terrorists for three years.


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