Syrian army intensifies assault on Eastern Ghouta, splits rebel stronghold

Syrian army intensifies assault on Eastern Ghouta, splits rebel stronghold

These involve rebels surrendering territory in exchange for safe passage to opposition areas in northwest Syria, along with their families and other civilians who do not want to come back under Assad's rule.

Syrian state television broadcast footage from inside Mesraba; the capture of that town and surrounding farmland brings important roads under Syrian army fire, effectively cutting the large rebel-held towns of Harasta and Douma off from each other.

Moscow had justified the continued bombardment of the area by saying extremists remained embedded in the towns and were preventing civilians from taking advantage of a designated evacuation corridor to flee the fighting. ICRC spokeswoman Indy Sedky said the trucks crossed into eastern Ghouta yesterday "after getting security guarantees from all parties to make sure no incident will happen during the presence of our team" there.

In January, activists claimed the Syrian forces used chlorine in an attack on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, causing 21 people to suffer from breathing difficulties.

The government forces advanced from the east and were now almost a mile away from forces on the western side of eastern Ghouta, cutting links between the rebels in northern and southern parts of the suburb.

An aid convoy that failed to deliver humanitarian supplies to Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta last week due to violence delivered "urgently needed" aid on Friday despite fighting, which took place extremely close to the convoy, the Red Cross said.

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"I've never seen such scared faces in my life", Sajjad Malik said Friday.

Rebels said they would be taken to HTS territory in the northern province of Idlib, in an arrangement struck following consultations with the United Nations and global players.

After a ferocious month-long government assault, thousands of rebel fighters and civilians were bussed out of the city's east.

Syria's conflict erupted with protests against Assad but has since developed into a full-blown war drawing in world powers.

According to reports, more than 400,000 people still reside in the region, seven years into the Syrian civil war.

Russian Federation has intervened on Assad's behalf while Turkey has backed rebels against his regime, rival militants and Kurdish forces.

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