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Assad's forces advance in Syria’s battered Ghouta

Assad's forces advance in Syria’s battered Ghouta
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime forces have progressed in the South of the Eastern Ghouta enclave after violent clashes took place against the opposing Jaish al-Islam faction, Al Arabiya quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying on Saturday.

For the last three weeks, Assad's regime forces have been heavily targeting opposition-held areas in Eastern Ghouta killing over 630 civilians.

Since Thursday, regime forces have advanced inside the region, retaking an area in the enclave’s southeast, as well as another and two military bases in the south from main opposition group.

“Regime forces and their allies have intensified their attacks on rebel positions in the past 48 hours,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Government fighters are trying to advance inside Eastern Ghouta to cut off the main town of Douma and its surroundings in the north of the enclave, as well as isolate the southeastern area of al-Marj, Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory says “Russian advisors” are taking part in the battles alongside regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, backed by heavy air strikes and shelling.