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Syrian Army Inches Closer to Full Control in Western Damascus

4 January 2017 16:14

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Syrian Army troops continued to advance against Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Western Ghouta, capturing more positions in Wadi al-Bardi region.

The army men hit Fatah al-Sham’s defense lines in the villages of Basimeh and Ein al-Fijeh, driving out militants of al-Tout farms, al-Tout square and the entire residential complexes in the village of Basimeh.

The army is trying hard to purge terrorists from Wadi al-Bardi region and reopen flow of drinking water to Damascus.

Reports said earlier today that the army troops allowed tens of militants to leave their positions in six towns and villages in Western Ghouta to be relocated to militant-held regions in Idlib province.

The sources said that after arrival of a number of green buses to Sa’asa’a region, at least 135 militants, who had not applied for government amnesty, along with their families were evacuated from the towns and villages of Sa’asa’a, al-Khazrajiyeh, Hasnou, Beir Timah, Kafr Hours and Beit Seber.

In the meantime, the government officials have given three days to militants in the towns of Yalda, Bebayla and Beit Saham in Southern Damascus to join the peace agreement.

Also, Damascus officials are carrying out final negotiations with the representative of militant groups in Beit Jin, Kanakar and al-Zakiyeh to take control of these towns without engagement in clashes.

On Tuesday, the army soldiers for the eleventh day in a row continued their heavy attacks on terrorists’ positions in Western Ghouta to liberate at least 10 strategic villages in the region.

The army men intensified their offensives on terrorists’ defense lines to free the villages of Basimeh, Ein al-Fijeh, Ein al-Khazra, Deir Moqren, Kafr al-Zeit, Deir Qanoun, al-Hosseiniyeh, Afrah, Kafr al-Awamid and Barhaliya in Wadi al-Bardi region.

A military source in the Syrian army said that villagers protested at the presence of militants in their villages, but the terrorist commanders ignored people’s call and used the villagers as human shields.

The source added that the army was resolved to continue its operation to restore full security to the region, but presence of civilians in the battlefield slowed down their operation.

The source went on to say that the army sent more troops to the region and intensified attacks on militants’ centers to force the militants to leave this region to Idlib.

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