Syrian government forces and their allies gained ground on Wednesday in clashes with militants in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, liberating two areas from their control.
According to Tasnim dispatches, the government forces advanced on the eastern edge of the Eastern Ghouta district and managed to retake the areas of Hawsh al-Dawahira and al-Shaffoniya.
Earlier, the districts of Hazarma, al-Nashabiyah, Hawsh al-Salehiya, and al-Zariqah and the hilltop of Tal Farzat in Eastern Ghouta were also freed by the army.
In the past few days, Eastern Ghouta near Damascus has witnessed renewed violence with terrorists mounting repeated mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent rout. Western powers, however, blame the Syrian government and Russia for the crisis.
The operation against terrorists came following the approval of a recent UNSC resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria.
Recently, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said those parts of Damascus suburbs that are under terrorists’ control will not be included in the ceasefire, adding that the cleansing operation will continue in those areas.
Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia also said that the resolution does not preclude Syrian forces from targeting Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) and al-Nusra Takfiri militants operating in some parts of the Arab country.