The Syrian army is preparing to launch a “huge” operation against the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta unless the Jaish al-Islam terrorist group agrees to hand over the area, a Syrian newspaper reported on Wednesday.
“The forces deployed in Ghouta are preparing a huge military operation in Douma if the Jaish al-Islam terrorists do not agree to hand over the city and depart,” al-Watan newspaper said, according to Reuters.
Syrian government forces have gained control over 90 percent of the Eastern Ghouta region, which is near the capital, Damascus.
Syria has established a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to leave the operation zone, while Russia has been enforcing daily pauses in fighting to facilitate people’s exit.
Holed up inside Eastern Ghouta, the foreign-backed militants have been launching indiscriminate mortar and rocket attacks on Damascus, which have resulted in many civilian deaths. They are also using civilians as human shields in the face of army advances.