Syrian Army Seizes More Ground In Eastern Ghouta

11 March, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Hamza Birqadar, a spokesman for Jaish al-Islam, one of the two main insurgent groups in Eastern Ghouta, said rebels had repelled the attack on Mesraba and neither Harasta nor Douma were cut off.

It is hard for aid convoys to reach eastern Ghouta and the global community is failing to intervene.

The Syrian government does not cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) believing that the body is propagating the anti-Syrian policy of western countries, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said.

In a statement published on Twitter on Friday, the group said the decision had been made in consultation with the United Nations, a number of global parties and civil society representatives from eastern Ghouta.

Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group are reporting heavy clashes and government troops' progress on several fronts in the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus.

The Syrian army is making steady advances in the enclave, but it is facing a hostile West, which is threatening airstrikes to stop the push.

According to Syrian state media, 13 fighters were evacuated with their families through the al-Wafeedin passage and bussed to Idlib province.

The Syrian government is desperate to regain the territory, and has said its attempts to recapture the Eastern Ghouta are directly due to the HTS presence there.


"It has been agreed that the first group of HTS members be released from the prisons of Jaish al-Islam ..."

Eastern Ghouta, which lies just east of Damascus, is home to some 400,000 civilians and is controlled by myriad armed groups. HTS was excluded from a ceasefire agreed at the United Nations that has yet to come into effect.

The roads connecting the towns to each other were all covered by army fire, the observatory said.

The ferocious three-week assault on the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus has captured about half its area and killed 960 people, according to a war monitor.

To keep bombing, Mr. Adel said, "the Russians don't need any excuse".

Moscow had justified the continued bombardment of the area by saying extremists remained embedded in the towns and were preventing civilians from taking advantage of a designated evacuation corridor to flee the fighting.

In January, Turkey began an offensive to oust the Kurdish YPG militia from the Afrin region in northern Syria, near the Turkish border.

The two insurgents said earlier that they had staged counter-attacks in recent days that retook some lost positions.

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