TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syrian army forces, supported by allied fighters, continued to make gains in their military campaign against Takfiri terrorists in southern Damascus, tightening their noose around the militants in a key area there.

Syrian forces on Monday evening encircled terrorists in Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, southern Damascus, after heavy clashes with them around the area, SANA reported.

Following the clashes, the army units liberated a number of building blocks in the western part of the neighborhood after inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

A field commander said that the army units are making steady progress against the terrorists in al-Hajar al-Aswad.

Hajar al-Aswad will be cleared of the terrorists in the next few days, the commander stressed.

In a significant victory early last month, the Syrian army managed to fully liberate the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, which had long been controlled by militant groups and served as a launch pad for deadly rocket attacks against residents and civilian infrastructure in the capital.

Government forces then went for the districts located south of Damascus, including Yarmouk, which hosts a Palestinian refugee camp.

The camp was held by the Daesh Takfiri terror group as well as militants with the so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria.

However, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists are in the middle of pulling out of Yarmouk together with their families as part of a similar withdrawal deal with the government.