The Syrian Army, after its assumption of control over the town of Yalda to the east of the ISIS pocket in southern Damascus, used its newfound advantage to attack ISIS positions from the east. They succeeded in capturing the “Japanese Hospital” as well as two residential building blocks. This positions the Syrian Army to launch further attacks into the Yarmouk Camp from the east. In addition, fighting continued on the western edge, with the Syrian Army making marginal gains.
Meanwhile, Syrian air and artillery strikes on the pocket continued, with multiple surface-to-surface missiles from the Republican Guard killing at least a dozen ISIS fighters. Damage on residential buildings continues to mount, as fighting shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Negotiations do not appear to have yielded any results so far. Until then, government pressure on ISIS will continue.