Syrian Army pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

Syrian Army pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

President Bashar Al Assad, backed by Iran and Russian Federation, is seeking to crush the last few besieged rebel enclaves, building on the defeat of insurgents in the eastern Ghouta region, which was the rebels' last major stronghold near the capital.

State-run Ikhbariya TV showed thick grey smoke billowing from the Daesh-held Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood Sunday, and government warplanes streaking overhead amid heavy bombardment of the area.

The Syrian government is working to secure the surroundings of Damascus through evacuation deals with rebels, and the ongoing military offensive on IS militants south of the capital.

Two Palestinian refugees, a father and a son, were killed during the fighting at the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, according to the United Nations' Palestinian refugee agency, which added that thousands of homes have been destroyed in four days of fighting.

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Douma was the final target of the government's sweeping campaign to seize back control of eastern Ghouta from rebels after seven years of revolt. On March 21, 36 servicemen were killed when repelling one of these attacks by militants.

The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied responsibility for the suspected chemical attack.

Most recently, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria reported that over 1,100 militants and their family members had left the Eastern Qalamoun district in the Syrian province of Damascus via the Ruheiba humanitarian corridor.

The second batch of the rebels will evacuate on Sunday evening and this process will continue till Monday, with the local reports placing the overall number of evacuees from Qalamoun at between 5,000 to 6,000.

Zeina Karam is an Associated Press writer.

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