Syrian government forces have made significant advances on Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, splitting the enclave into two parts. It’s the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. The fighting has already claimed more than a thousand lives.
Government forces have launched a brutal offensive to consolidate territory on the outskirts of Damascus. Warplanes have struck rebel-held areas, killing at least 30 civilians attempting to flee, according to a monitor.
The death toll is expected to rise after a suspected chemical weapons attack in one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in Syria, eastern Ghouta. The government and its ally, Russia, have denied the reports.
Food trucks have delivered much-needed supplies to eastern Ghouta. It came as the first group of al-Qaeda linked rebels were transported out of the enclave to northwestern Syria.
The offensive to recapture the last opposition-held area near Damascus has entered its second day. The loss of Douma city would be a devastating defeat for the Syrian opposition.
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