BABILA BATTLE: A clip filmed Thursday morning provides a snapshot into the daily reality of battle in towns and villages across Syria. Here, regime forces, reportedly backed by Hezbollah and the Iraqi Abu Fadil Abbasi militias, shell and target residential complexes in Babila town, a southern suburb of Damascus.
Babila is one of the towns surrounding the suburb of Sayeda Zeinab, site of a Shiite shrine, and sitting along the highway running between the city and the international airport. [See map below.] Government forces and their allies aim to capture and reopen the highway.
“Heavy shelling was witnessed on the town of Babila using different kind of shells, while clashes are ongoing in the town’s outskirts between the rebels and the regime forces, supported by militas from Hezbollah and Iraqi brigades,” the Babila LCC reported Thursday afternoon.
This week, the Syrian official news agency, SANA, released a video showing the Syrian army capturing the nearby town of Hajjera, and in another one, a correspondent covering the clashes in the neighboring town of Bait Sahem, which is close to the Damascus International Airport road, in an attempt of capturing it.
Video courtesy of Free Syria media center
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