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Sources: Syrian Army Close to Secure Last Region of Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Army Close to Secure Last Region of Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian army has purged most parts of Eastern Ghouta region in Reef Damascus of terrorists and it is advancing towards Med’a near Adra, informed sources said Saturday.

Speaking to FNA in Damascus, an informed military source said that the army has besieged Ghouta region from two sides, one in South after attacking and destroying armed rebels’ concentration centers in Sheba’a Farms and from North after controlling Adra region in Northern Reef Damascus.

“Besieging Eastern Ghouta from these two sides means paving the way for the Syrian army to capture Al-Qasemiyeh and Al-Baharieh regions,” the source added.

The source underlined that only Med’a region has remained to be cleaned up of militants, adding that the only supply route to the rebels in Eastern Ghouta now passes through this region.

“The recent victories of the army in controlling the surrounding areas of Al-Nashabieh region is the most important reason that the army has resolutely decided to put an end to the presence of the armed rebels in the region (in Eastern Ghouta) and it also indicates the success of the Syrian army’s plans for besieging these regions and intensifying its pressures on the armed rebels,” the military source said.

The source reiterated that only small groups of armed rebels have remained in Eastern Ghouta.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in most parts of the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies brought the country into chaos through every possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May, 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material was being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

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