EAST GHOUTA, Syria – Yesterday, reports were made prematurely that the jihadist-held key town of Harasta in East Ghouta was completely surrounded and besieged, effectively creating a third pocket in the region as seen in the map below.
However, Fort Russ News can now confirm that the town of Harasta is now besieged by the Syrian Army, primarily by the elite 4th Mechanized Units. They finally achieved this outcome after liberating the last few hundred meters of the Harasta Orchards on the Harasta to Duma road.
The besieging of Harasta was finnaly achieved when the 4th Mechanized Units reached other Syrian Army units at the Arbeen Vehicle Management Base.
Although the Syrian Army has liberated over 53% of the enclave, it still has not liberated the major towns of Duma, Harasta, Irbeen or Jobar. However, with East Ghouta splitting, it is expected terrorist positions will continue to collapse as they are isolated from each other.
Meanwhile, families trapped as hostages in the Syrian village of Mesraba in the southern portion of the besieged region region witnessed the Syrian Army arriving on Saturday. You can see their reactions here.
East Ghouta, to the east of Damascus city center, has been the site of battles between the Syrian Army and terrorist organizations that have been freely operating in the region since the war began in 2011.