May 21, 2018 / 11:25 AM / a year ago

State TV: Syrian army pushes Islamic State from district south of Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media said on Monday the Syrian army had pushed Islamic State militants out of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district south of Damascus.

The Syrian army and its allies have been battling for weeks to recapture a tiny Islamic State enclave in al-Hajar al-Aswad and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, the last area outside government control in or around the capital.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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