damascus - The Syrian army reports that all armed groups have left from East Ghouta, the former rebel enclave near Damascus. 'All terrorists have been removed from the city of Douma, their last stronghold in East Ghouta', reports the Syrian state press agency SANA on the authority of the army command.
The battle group that controlled the city, Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam), agreed earlier this month with a retreat. Buses transported fighters, their families and citizens who wanted to leave for northern Syria. SANA reports that army units have been looking for backward mines and explosives.
Progressive troops began an offensive in February to regain East Ghouta. The battle was accompanied by heavy bombing and artillery bombardments. In Douma, about a week ago, the alleged chemical attack took place that triggered air strikes on targets in Syria for the Americans and their allies.
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