Syrian army declares victory in Eastern Ghouta

Gas Mask found at Chemical Lab in Eastern Ghouta

"This major victory in Douma and the eradication of terrorism from the entire Eastern Ghouta is a natural result of the people's embracement of the Syrian army when they took to the streets, urging the army to liberate them from terrorism", the military statement said.

"Areas of Jap Ghouta in rural Damascus have been absolutely cleansed of terrorism", a military spokesman additionally stated in a press release delivered on state tv.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, at least 1,700 civilians have been killed in bombardment on the enclave in eight weeks.

If confirmed, it would be a significant victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which has made sweeping territorial gains in the past two years from rebel groups, with Russian military power helping him turn the tide of the conflict in his favor.

A team of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is now in Damascus and expected to investigate the site of the alleged chemical attack.

America, France and Britain responded Saturday with pre-dawn strikes on alleged regime chemical weapons websites. It doesn't make sense for President Assad to use weapons of desperation that his forces don't even possess when he's winning, but cynically speaking, there's a certain "logic" behind why his enemies would have an interest in pretending that he did in order to set into motion the present scenario.

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"Punishing the instrument of the crime whereas maintaining the legal - a farce", wrote Mohammad Alloush, a key member of Jaish al-Islam.

The 2-month assault on Jap Ghouta sparked a global outcry, with the pinnacle of the United Nations describing the circumstances endured by civilians there as "hell on Earth".

Dozens of civilians in government-controlled central Damascus had been additionally killed by rockets and mortar rounds fired from Jap Ghouta by the insurgent teams that held it.

"Engineering units are starting to clear the mines and explosives sewn by the terrorists in the town to allow the rest of the units to secure the liberated areas and prepare them for the return of civilians to their homes", the army spokesman said.

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, head of Russia's Reconciliation Center for Syria, said that 3,976 militants left Douma by bus on Friday. It's not clear if the country was hinting that it could intervene to stop the United States and its partners or if it was referring to the possibly irreversible humanitarian and terrorist consequences that would inevitably follow the crippling of Syrian forces in the event that such a large-scale attack took place, but regardless, it shows that Russian Federation is taking the latest round of escalations real seriously.

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