Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

The recapture of the Hajar al-Aswad district comes almost a month after government forces launched an offensive targeting a pocket held by ISIS south of Damascus.

As the Syrian army is driving out the last remaining terrorists from the southern outskirts of Damascus, those who refuse to completely lay down their arms and surrender are being evacuated to rebel-controlled parts of northern Syria, mainly Idlib.

On May 2, the Syrian regime and opposition groups agreed to a cease-fire in the Homs province's northern countryside.

"The last convoy of terrorists and their families exits northern Homs province and southern Hama province", SANA reported.

The UK-based observatory said that some 34,500 people, militants and their families, left the area as part of the deal.

After a five year hiatus resumed the movement on one of the main transport arteries of Syria - the highway linking Damascus with HOMS.

Syrian govt gains control over central part of country
Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

Rebels still hold large swathes of northwest and southwest Syria that are not besieged because they border Turkey and Jordan, which have at times backed the insurgents and are guarantors of limited truces in those areas.

Following Tuesday's advance, the adjoining Yarmouk Palestinian camp and the nearby al-Tadamon neighborhood are the only areas south of Damascus still under militant control.

More than half of Syria 20-million-plus pre-war population has been displaced by the seven-year-old conflict, which the observatory says has killed more than 350,000 people.

Since February, the Syrian army, backed by Russian Federation, has been engaged in a major push to rid Damascus and the surrounding areas of terrorist groups.

Since the onset of hostilities in Syria, the Syrian military has repeatedly seized armaments and munitions with inscriptions in Hebrew., Syrian forces pulled over a vehicle packed with Israeli-made mines, mortars, rockets and hand grenades that were bound for an area controlled by ISIS in eastern Syria.

In a significant victory early last month, the Syrian army managed to fully liberate Eastern Ghouta, which had always been controlled by militant groups and served as a launch pad for deadly rocket attacks against residents and civilian infrastructure in the capital.

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