The Syrian Arab Army’s 63rd Brigade of the prestigious 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah have given the “rebels“ of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” a final ultimatum to fully surrender in the next 72 hours or else they are going to be shown no mercy inside the Mahata District of Al-Zabadani – this is the rebels last stronghold in the city.
This news comes eight hours after Jaysh Al-Islam launched a counter-offensive from Wadi Al-Barada to attempt to recapture the territory the Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra fighters lost over the course of 40 days, due to the full-scale siege that was imposed by the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah in Al-Zabadani.
In the meantime, Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces applied some pressure to the rebels by capturing more of their positions along Barada Street, while also advancing north towards Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra’s large base.
The 48 hour ceasefire that was implemented on Wednesday did not aid the rebels very much, as they neither surrendered the whole city nor improved their positions inside the Mahata District.
Source: Al-Masdar news