April 12, 2018 / 5:09 AM / 3 months ago

Syrian government forces gain full control of eastern Ghouta -Russian agencies

MOSCOW, April 12 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have taken full control over the town of Douma, the last rebel stronghold in the eastern Ghouta enclave outside Damascus, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing a Russian military official.

“The raised state flag over a building in the town of Douma has heralded the control over this location and therefore over the whole of eastern Ghouta,” Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian peace and reconciliation centre in Syria, was quoted as saying. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by John Stonestreet)

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