Assad Forces Seize more than Half of Syrian Rebel Enclave outside Damascus

(Wall Street Journal) Raja Abdulrahim - The Syrian regime has seized more than half of the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave outside Damascus that has been under a tightening military and economic siege. The latest advances have split the enclave and made its recapture possibly imminent. The three-week military assault on Ghouta, home to nearly 400,000 people, follows years of deprivation of food and medical supplies. The latest offensive has killed more than 800 civilians. Warplanes drop dozens of bombs daily and fire rockets containing chlorine gas or incendiary chemicals, according to local doctors.

2018-03-12 00:00:00

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