first published on May 15, 2018 by Will
A drone video from the ongoing battles near Damascus delivers a birds eye view of the ongoing destruction of a city in ruins.
The footage was reportedly recently recorded over Hajr Aswad, a neighborhood just south of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus during the Syrian military’s current operations against the Islamic State.
The ghastly imagery shows a ravaged city, in which no edifice has been left unscathed. Dusty explosions erupt across the cityscape and plumes of smoke fill the sky as Syrian T-72 main battle tanks hammer known and suspected insurgent fighting positions.
The video concludes with a massive fireball explosion caused by a mine clearing line charge (MCLC) launched from either a UR-83P or a UR-77 mine clearing vehicle. The Syrian military has used these weapons to not just clear booby trapped streets, but also for demolishing enemy-held structures.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has now been battling for control of the Yarmouk area for four weeks. They are slowly gaining ground against a well-entrenched IS foe that is putting up stiff resistance. The insurgent group is currently estimated to hold less than two square kilometers of ground.
An estimated 200 civilians are thought to remain in Yarmouk. Considering that they are there as refugees in the first place, they likely have nowhere else to go.