The city of Jayroud located around 60km north east Damascus is subject to violent artillery and rocket bombardment by regime forces preceding clashes that took place with the Free Syrian Army in the town. The attack resulted in tens of casualties and wounded in addition to the destruction of a large number of residential buildings and the displacement of a great number of inhabitants. in addition to its own local population amounting to 40,000 people, the city holds over 150,000 internally displaced persons from adjacent towns and villages as per an activist from the city who prefers not to disclose his true identity.
Jayroud’s strategic uniqueness lies in its proximity to the Damascus-Homs high way, as well as the presence of large military units pertaining to the regime army right next to it such as Missile Brigade no. 155 which is considered the SCUD missile launching hub towards the north of Syria in addition to the 3rd division, Brigade no. 122 and the presidential guards Regiment.
The clashes broke out due to an attack targeted at a military aircraft that was shelling the adjacent city of Al-Ruhayba which triggered intensive shelling by the regime, besieging the city and numerous clashes. The attack was initiated by a group of FSA soldiers who had retreated from Al-Qutaifa into Jayroud .
The source also mentioned that Jayroud does not have any form of organized armed opposition and does not hold any armed formations of the Free Syrian Army within it, as per "the wish of its people" He explained that the goal "is to provide a safe haven for displaced people", who are increasingly rising in number. In the meantime, truce is undergoing negotiations with the regime army.