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Syria 'takes half of rebel-held enclave

06:06 Thu Mar 08, 2018


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Forces loyal to the Syrian government have reportedly taken half of the Eastern Ghouta – the last rebel-held enclave close to the capital Damascus.

“Regime forces control more than 50% of Ghouta,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP news agency.

Aerial bombing killed at least 20 people as troops and tanks advanced.

In New York, the UN Security Council gathered to discuss the failure of a ceasefire it had demanded last week.

It passed a resolution on 24 February demanding a 30-day truce across Syria but the government and its key ally Russia say it does not apply to some of the rebel groups holding the enclave.



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