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

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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.