Fighters with the Islamic State of Irak and Syrian Arab Republic (ISIS) on Sunday pushed into an oversized district in southern national capital, clashing with rival militants simply a couple of kilometers from the middle of the Syrian capital, the extremist group and Syrian activists said.
More than twenty-four militants were killed within the clashes on the perimeters of the Qadam neighborhood, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that has an intensive network of activists on the ground.
The pro-ISIS Aamaq press agency reported that ISIS fighters taken over half of Qadam. The Observatory’s Rami Abdurrahman said ISIS fighters were holding two streets which fighting was continued.
ISIS supporters posted propaganda photos claiming to indicate their fighters advancing within the slim streets of Qadam. The genuineness of the pictures couldn’t be confirmed severally.
ISIS has emerged joined of the foremost powerful forces within the battle to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. The extremist group has appropriated regarding one-third of Syria and neighboring Iraq over the past year.
Armed Islamic factions fighting forces loyal to Assad management elements of the Syrian capital and huge components of the city’s suburbs. Earlier this year, ISIS fighters entered the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, east of Qadam, and management massive components of it.
Also Sunday, a mortar spherical hit an upscale neighborhood of central Damascus, killing four people, together with a woman, Syrian state TV said.
It is not uncommon for Damascus to be shelled. Sunday’s attack targeted the posh neighborhood of Abu Rummaneh, that homes hotels and several other embassies.
An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw two people wounded by shrapnel. Vehicles within the space were conjointly broken.