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Syrian government splits rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

IANS  |  Damascus 

forces have split the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, cutting off the largest city Douma, said on Saturday.

Pro-government forces isolated the cities of Douma, Harasta and the al-Rihan farms from the rest of Eastern Ghouta's of and agricultural areas on the outskirts of Damascus, Efe quoted the for Human Rights as saying.

The SOHR said the government's advance also managed to cut communications between and Harasta after effectively taking much of the territory that separates both locations.

Other Syrian also reported that the had made progress against the rebels.

Since February 18, the has used aircraft and artillery to heavily bomb Eastern Ghouta, killing a thousand people, according to the SOHR.

According to the UN, some 400,000 people remain trapped in the area, which has been under siege for several years.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 01:22 IST