Russia, Turkey To Collaborate In Building Hospital For Syrians Fleeing Eastern Ghouta

06 April, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Syria's Assad poised for another huge symbolic victory

A Syrian soldier stands at one of the underground tunnels under the recently-captured Jobar town in the Eastern Ghouta, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria.

Thousands of civilians returned homes in the villages and towns of eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside after the Syrian Army restored security and stability to them and eradicated the Takfiri terrorist organizations from them.

Five kidnapped people were released Wednesday from captivity of the Islam Army militants Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside, state news agency SANA reported. The area includes a few towns and a stretch of desert territory, Reuters said.

Saif said rebels had made a proposal under which they would withdraw from the towns into the mountains and civilians would stay, and Russia's response was being awaited. The civilians and fighters were moved to northern Jarabulus. It was discovered by units of the Syrian Army, according to SANA. The campaign to seize the area began February 18, after the regime - with Russian backing - began a deadly air and ground offensive.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor based in Britain, said negotiations were under way to revise the deal.

It marks Assad's most significant victory over the rebellion against his rule since rebels were driven from eastern Aleppo in 2016.


Jaish al-Islam is the last remaining rebel group in Eastern Ghouta but has repeatedly denied agreeing to leave the area.

The Syrian war last month entered its eighth year having killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced 11 million from their homes, including almost 6 million who have fled overseas in one of the worst refugee crises of modern times.

A military source told Reuters on Monday that some elements of Jaish al-Islam were still rejecting a deal and that military force would be used if they refused to accept one.

Jaish al-Islam officials have stated on multiple occasions that the faction will not consider any agreement stipulating the evacuation of its forces from Douma, while the Syrian government threatens to renew attacks on the city if rebels do not leave.

"The Syrian government forces with the assistance of the Russian Center for Reconciliation are clearing residential areas from explosives and solving high-priority tasks on restoring the infrastructure, which has been destroyed by militants", the general said.

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