ISIS Advances South Of Damascus, Carries Out VBIED Attack Against Jaish al-Islam

ISIS fighters launched an attack from their positions in the Yarmouk refugee camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus and captured several buildings and the al-Khatib gas station in al-Zain neighborhood in Yalda district from Jaysh al-Islam and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.The ISIS-linked news agency revealed that ISIS fighters began their advance with a VBIED attack that targeted a key position of Jaysh al-Islam and HTS in al-Zain neighborhood. During their attack, ISIS killed five fighters of Jaysh al-Islam and HTS, injured 15 others and captured one, according to Amaq. From its side, Jaysh al-Islam claimed that its fighters repelled the ISIS attack west of Yalda district. However, Syrian opposition sources confirmed the ISIS advance in the district. On October 20, 2017 ISIS fighters launched a similar attack and managed to capture new positions in the eastern part of the Yarmouk camp. Observers believe that the new ISIS attack is aimed at expanding the influence of the terrorist group outside the camp in order to threaten Damascus city.

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