Syrian government forces have librated a militant-held territory near the capital Damascus, says a UK-based monitoring group.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, militants were pushed from the territory, which is located close to the town of Hosh al-Fara in the capital’s East Ghouta region on Wednesday.
Syrian state news agency SANA also reported that a farming area was captured from the militants to the east of the town.
Militants walk in Tal al-Aswan in the area of the Eastern Ghouta region to the east of the Syrian capital Damascus on February 9, 2016. (AFP)
The Observatory also noted that the retaken areas were in the hands of the so-called Jaish al-Islam terrorist group, which is in control of most of Eastern Ghouta.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army announced that it has cut off all supply routes to the militant-held eastern parts of the embattled city of Aleppo.
Syrians look at the damage in a street in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo following rocket attacks by militants on July 11, 2016. (AFP)
Syria’s General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that units of the armed forces and allied fighters carried out successful operations in Aleppo’s northern areas and managed to cut off all supply lines and corridors used by terrorists to transfer militants, weapons and munitions to the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in the Middle Eastern state, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.
The Takfiri terrorists operating in the Arab country have suffered major setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army has managed to liberate a number of areas from the grip of the extremists.