ISIS’ defense is rapidly collapsing in southern Damascus under a pressure from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.
Last weekend, government forces liberated the southern part of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district from ISIS terrorists and made a few important gains in the northern part of the district, including a local power station and the nearby points.
By May 7, the SAA and its allies have stormed northern Hajar al-Aswad, the southern part of Taqaddom and the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp. Fierce clashes are ongoing.
According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, 10 government fighters were killed and a BMP-1 armoured vehicle of the SAA was destroyed in the clashes on May 4-6. However, this numbers of the SAA casualties can be hardly confirmed by photo or video evidence.
ISIS also executed two SAA members captured during the battle for southern Damascus.
Reports once again appeared about negotiations between the ISIS leadership in Yarmouk and the SAA over a possible withdrawal deal for the remaining ISIS members. However, local Syrian pro-government activists believe that the deal will not be reached because of violent behavior of the local ISIS units.
On May 6, Iraq announced that its air force had carried out a new round of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria. The strikes hit ISIS positions around the town of al-Dashishah in the southeastern al-Hasakah countryside.
On May 5, ISIS attacked the Tell al-Sufuk crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border from its positions in the province of al-Hasakah. The Iraqi actions could be a response to this attack.