Battle for Douma moves next door

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Regime forces unsuccessfully attempted to capture a village next to the East Ghouta rebels' de-facto stronghold of Douma city, the spokesman for Jaish al-Islam told Syria Direct on Monday. Islam Alloush denied reports circulating in pro-regime media that the Syrian army had retaken Medaa on Sunday, noting that the “school and the mosque,” two of the most well-known landmarks in the town, “are still under Jaish al-Islam control.” A local citizen journalist sympathetic to JAI confirmed Alloush's narrative to Syria Direct, adding that the Syrian army had only taken control of three points inside the town. The pro-regime al-Mayadeen network reported Sunday that the army retook Medaa and the surrounding farms, just as it “laid low large numbers of militants, both killed and wounded.”