Syria regime seizes ‘10 percent' of rebel enclave eastern Ghouta - monitor

Smoke rises from the besieged Eastern Ghouta in Damascus. (Reuters)

Syrian regime forces control "10 percent" of rebel enclave Eastern Ghouta near Damascus following days of ground battles against insurgents, a monitor said on Saturday.

The regime “controls 10 percent of the besieged Eastern Ghouta region” after its ground forces retook a pocket of territory in the southeast of the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Earlier, Syrian government forces took almost complete control of the town of al-Shayfouniya in eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, pressing an assault into the last rebel stronghold near the capital.

The spokesman for a rebel group, writing on Twitter, said government forces had mounted a failed attempt to storm a nearby area, al-Rayhan, but did not mention al-Shayfouniya.

A commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said fighting was underway in al-Shayfouniya, without giving further details.

Last Update: Sunday, 4 March 2018 KSA 00:24 - GMT 21:24

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