Syrian forces retake Eastern Ghouta, Russia says

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The Syrian army on Saturday declared capturing the Douma district, the last rebel bastion in the Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, after the evacuation of rebels and their families, according to the state news agency SANA.

The Syrian army has declared that all anti-regime forces had left Eastern Ghouta, almost two months into a blistering offensive on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of the capital.

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".

The demonstrations broke out early Saturday following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians.

The extreme bombardment killed some 1,700 civilians in line with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, and pulverised the realm, decreasing many neighbourhoods to rubble.

Capturing Eastern Ghouta largely contributes to the security of the capital, as the rebels in that sprawling countryside used to fire daily mortar shells on the capital and attempted to infiltrate the capital many times, the latest of which was last April when the army foiled the attack.

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

But it also comes as Assad's government faces threats of military action from the United States and potentially its allies, following a suspected chemical gas attack over the weekend that President Donald Trump has openly pinned on Assad through a series of Twitter posts.

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

The report showed people waving Syrian flags, alongside those of Iran and Russia- the main allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad during years of the country's conflict - in the face of what many called "limited" or even "failed" strikes created to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.

The 2-month assault on Jap Ghouta sparked a global outcry, with the pinnacle of the United Nations describing the circumstances endured by civilians there as "hell on Earth".

The last convoy of buses transporting members of the Islamist group Jaish al-Islam and their relatives left Douma yesterday.

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.

Hundreds of civilians who fled the offensive have already returned to areas beforehand retaken by the military and allied forces.

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