Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Syrian Army announces full libration Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Army announces full libration Eastern Ghouta

United Nations aid agencies have limited access to most areas in Eastern Ghouta where rebel forces are leaving after agreeing on a deal with the Syrian government, Reuters reported.

"All terrorists have left Douma, the last of their holdouts in Eastern Ghouta", state news agency SANA yesterday quoted an army spokesman as saying, using the regime's usual term for rebels.

Eastern Ghouta has "been totally cleansed of terrorism", the spokesman said in a statement broadcast on state television.

The allies have since signalled their resolve to return to diplomacy, launching a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in the country.

"Following a number of concentrated and powerful military operations in the past week, units from our fearless 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 rebels surrendered Douma after a suspected chemical weapons attack last weekend.

This development comes as the entire Eastern Ghouta was free of rebels late last month with over 43,000 rebels and their families evacuating to rebel-held areas in the northwestern province of Idlib except Douma.

Western powers accuse Syrian government forces of carrying out an alleged chemical attack in Duma on April 7, killing dozens of dead, according to White Helmet rescuers.

"Punishing the instrument of the crime whereas maintaining the legal - a farce", wrote Mohammad Alloush, a key member of Jaish al-Islam.

The foreign ministry said earlier on Saturday that the US-led strikes would only "lead to inflaming tensions in the world" and threaten global security.

Few convoys of humanitarian assist had been allowed in whereas rights teams and assist organisations additionally condemned the concentrating on of medical amenities throughout the besieged territory. Fighters and their families left for northern Syria.

The evacuations are part of a deal brokered by Damascus's Russian ally to re-establish regime control over Ghouta, an area just on the edge of the capital that had escaped government control since 2012.

The Syrian Army said a clean-up operation was underway in the battered enclave.

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

The civil war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Assad has managed to cling on to energy, retaking swathes of territory with the assistance of ally Russian Federation.

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