Syrian forces take full control of town in Eastern Ghouta
Iran Press TV
Sun Mar 4, 2018 02:19AM
Syrian troops have taken almost full control of the town of al-Shayfouniya in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday, two neighborhoods and two military bases were also liberated from terrorists.
The Syrian army is upholding a 5-hour daily humanitarian pause despite the major offensive it has begun.
However, terrorists continue to block civilians from leaving the area by pounding aid corridors established by the Syrian government. Only a small group of people have so far been able to flee the dire humanitarian situation there.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian army dropped leaflets informing civilians of safe places, humanitarian corridors, and giving them maps of area and medical points.
On Friday, A Syrian commander announced that pro-government forces are advancing methodically against militants in Eastern Ghouta.
Eastern Ghouta, which is home to some 400,000 people, has witnessed deadly violence over the past few days, with foreign-sponsored terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent humiliating defeat.
Western powers, however, blame the Syrian government and Russia for the crisis.
After losing most of the Syrian territories in their control, foreign-backed militants are now largely concentrated in Eastern Ghouta, causing one of the deadliest stages over the course of the years-long conflict in Syria.
Syrian government forces have been pounding terrorist positions in the area to retake it and free a large number of civilians who are trapped there and struggle with malnutrition and lack of basic medical supplies.
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