TSI Syria Update: August 4, 2017

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Takeaway

The besieged areas of Eastern Ghouta witnessed an increasing number of Assad Coalition attacks on Thursday and Friday despite a supposed ceasefire that Russia announced would take effect on 23 July. Today, pro-government forces targeted residential parts of the town of Ein Tarma with more than 50 ground-to-ground rockets, killing two civilians. Pro-government forces also targeted the towns of Harasta and al-Nashabiyeh with mortar shells, injuring several civilians and causing significant damage. A Syrian Army sniper reportedly killed a Kafr Batna resident on Thursday. Today in Kafr Batna and Misraba, peaceful demonstrators called for a continuation of the anti-Assad revolution and the fall of the regime. They also demanded the dissolution of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and unification of other armed factions. (SOHR, GMC FB-AR, GMC FB-AR, GMC FB-AR, Micro Syria-AR)

(Analyst note: These recent attacks come two days after the local council of the town of Ein Tarma declared the town  a disaster zone and urged the international community to intervene to stop the continuous assault against it. Ein Tarma’s strategic location has made it a target of the Assad Coalition’s incessant attacks on Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks. If captured, the Assad Coalition can fully encircle the opposition-held Damascus neighborhood of Jobar, which is connected to the rest of the opposition-held areas of Eastern Ghouta via Ein Tarma.)