Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

21 April, 2018, 02:46 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Thousands of civilians trapped as Syrian army bombards Yarmouk

The inspectors have delayed their visit to Douma after their security team were shot at during a reconnaissance trip on Tuesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.

Syria regime air strikes and artillery fire pounded areas held by the Islamic State group in the south of Damascus on Thursday, official media and a war monitor said.

"The humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and surrounding areas has always been very harsh and is rapidly deteriorating", UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said, referring to Syria's biggest camp for Palestinian refugees since the mid-20th century.

The Western global locations say the Syrian authorities, which now controls the city, is holding the inspectors out and could also be tampering with proof, each accusations Damascus and Moscow deny.

The Army of Islam rebels in Dumayr followed their companions belonging to the same group from Douma to Jarablus, a town in north Syria shared between Turkish and Syrian opposition control.

Syrian forces have established full control over a town northeast of the capital, Damascus, after the militants controlling the area agreed to hand it back to the government. State television said the military campaign was continuing because insurgents had not agreed to all details of the surrender.

The camp was home to some 160,000 Palestinians before the Syrian conflict began in 2011, refugees from the 1948 war of Israel's founding, and their descendents.

Dreid said it was not clear why the deal appeared to have fallen through.

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"There are experiences that enormous numbers of individuals have been displaced from Yarmouk Camp to the neighbouring space of Yalda".

The government is also set to recover another rebel enclave south of Damascus around the town of Beit Sahm, the commander said, though this would happen through an agreement with the government by which fighters would leave for Idlib.

1000's of civilians, together with the fighters' households, are anticipated to go away with them for northern Syria earlier than the areas come again underneath Assad's rule underneath offers just like others carried out throughout the nation as authorities forces advance.

Jihadist shelling of an adjoining neighbourhood injured 5 individuals, Damascus police have been cited as saying early on Friday by state tv.

The UN has voiced concern that such "evacuations" involve the displacement of civilians under threat of reprisals or forced conscription, though the government denies that.

Syria and its Russian backers deny that government forces were responsible for the reported attack in the town of Douma.

"The UN expects further displacements in the near future to northern Syria from other locations controlled by non-state armed groups where negotiations reportedly are happening", the world body said in a humanitarian note.

They hold pockets in Deir Ezzor and have a presence in Syria s vast Badia desert.



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