Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Assad remains strong, eastern Ghouta falls

Assad remains strong, eastern Ghouta falls

A group of consultants from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Damascus and anticipated to analyze the positioning of the suspected chemical assault.

"Following a number of concentrated and powerful military operations in the past week, units from our courageous armed forces and its allies managed to cleanse Eastern Ghouta in all its neighborhoods and (surrounding) villages, from the armed terrorist organizations after driving out all terrorists from the city of Douma, the final base for terrorists in Eastern Ghouta", said a statement released by the military late on Saturday.

The regime made the beginning of the year a priority of the reconquest of the rebel zones, besieged since 2013 in Eastern Ghouta, from where the insurgents fired shells on Damascus.

The government forces launched their offensive against eastern Ghouta in February, backed by Russian firepower.

Heavy fighting and devastating bombings have killed more than 1,700 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO that has an extensive network of sources in war-torn Syria.

Syrian TV showed police waving Syrian flags apparently on the edge of the town just east of Damascus, and said the "terrorist presence" in Douma will end "in a few hours".

America, France and Britain responded Saturday with pre-dawn strikes on alleged regime chemical weapons websites.

The group has slammed the Western strikes as insufficient, as Assad maintains his grip on the war-ravaged country.

On Tuesday, Rivaling US and Russian Federation drafted UNSC resolutions aimed at creating a new inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria both failed to garner votes at the council.

"Humanitarian operation in the Eastern Ghouta carries on despite missile strikes against Damascus carried out by the worldwide coalition", Maj.

Western air strikes on Syria will not diminish the army's resolve to press the fight against all remaining militants in the country, the military said in a televised statement on Saturday.

The General Command said that engineering units immediately began canvassing squares, streets, and corridors to clear mines and IEDs planted by terrorists in the city, in order to enable the rest of the units to secure liberated areas and prepare them for the return of civilians to their homes safely.

Thousands of civilians who fled the offensive have already returned to areas previously retaken by the army and allied forces.

Numerous Jap Ghouta residents had been bussed to the northern province of Idlib, which is basically exterior authorities management and hosts a number of jihadist and different insurgent teams.

The group Jaich al-Islam estimated Saturday that the raids carried out by the Westerners would be a "farce" as long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

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