The Syrian army announced on Monday that Damascus and all its suburbs are under the full control of government forces and released from the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic State” (IG, banned in Russia). This is stated in the statement of the command of the Armed Forces of the Arab Republic sent by the SANA agency on Monday.
“The units of our armed forces and allied forces have completely cleared the Hajr el-Aswad area and the Yarmuk camp after a series of planned and consistent military operations from the militants [IG].” The latest operations of the Syrian army resulted in the complete liberation of the Western and Eastern Guta. Damascus and all its suburbs are now completely safe zones. ”
The commanders noted that military operations against militants in the country will not cease while “terrorism in the territory of the republic will not be completely eradicated, whatever the price”.
Earlier on Monday, government forces announced the resumption of a military operation against the IG militants in the Hajr al-Aswad quarter. The fighting began at noon immediately after the end of the temporary ceasefire announced on Sunday evening to ensure the safe exit of women, children and the elderly from the war zone. Later, the Syrian army announced the establishment of complete control over the Hajr al-Aswad quarter and the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp and the beginning of an operation to strip certain groups of radicals left in some parts of the two districts.
Hajr el-Aswad and its neighboring Palestinian refugee camp Yarmuk remained the last outposts of the IG on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Government forces began to storm these areas on April 20. The command of the Armed Forces of the Republic set before the forces the task of putting an end to the presence of gangs of terrorists in the south of the capital and unblocking the strategic road Damascus-Amman.
It should be noted that earlier in 2017 international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced a “critical situation” in the blocked suburb of Damascus – East Guta.
The ICRC statement draws attention to the active clashes in the Guta region that resulted in the death of a large number of civilians.
It indicates the presence of hundreds of wounded and sick waiting to be evacuated from the area of Syria controlled by the opposition troops.
The representative of the ICRC for the Middle East, Robert Mardini, said that the province’s reserves in East Gut were running out, and the prices for the remaining food “soared to astronomical levels.” “No political or military achievement is worth it to make people suffer like this,” Mardini said.
Until April of 2017 this area of Syria, roundabout routes and underground tunnels were supplied provisions. However, in recent months the blockade has been tightened. Food and medicine have run out in areas under the control of the opposition.
Eastern Guta is one of the “de-escalation zones” established within the framework of the agreements reached in Astana.
The war in Syria began in March 2011, when peaceful demonstrations of protest developed into an armed conflict after the military opened fire on demonstrators.
According to the UN, more than 400,000 people died during the conflict, over 10 million were forced to leave their homes. 4.8 million people took refuge outside the country.