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Syrian army forces keep advancing in Eastern Ghouta, seize back another village

Iran Press TV

Wed Mar 7, 2018 06:23PM

Syrian government forces have liberated another village in the militant-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital city of Damascus as they continue to gain ground in joint battles with allied fighters from popular defense groups against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups.

The media bureau of Syria's Operations Command Center announced in a statement that Syrian troops had managed to establish complete control over Beit Sawa village following fierce clashes with extremists stationed there.

The report comes as Syrian government forces are conducting a separate operation in the village of Masraba in a bid to retake half of densely populated Eastern Ghouta, and deal a humiliating blow to militants there.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syrian army troopers had captured farms southeast of the towns of Rihan and Housh al-Ashary.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that Syrian forces were making advances in the vicinity of Jisreen town.

Separately, an unnamed Syrian army colonel told state-run television network that Eastern Ghouta residents would return to the "state's embrace" very soon.

"We have received instructions from the army command to lift the siege off our people in Eastern Ghouta. God willing, very, very, very soon… they will return to the state's embrace," he said.

Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of Damascus, which is home to some 400,000 people, has witnessed deadly violence over the past few weeks, with Takfiri terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent humiliating defeat.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

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