The last group of rebels left their last stronghold-the city of Douma in the suburbs of Damascus — less than 24 hours after the Western coalition members USA, UK and France have fired more than 100 missiles at targets in Syria in response to alleged chemical attack in the city.
The Syrian army command announced that in Eastern ghouta now free of militants, state media reports. According to news Agency Sana, the Syrian army is determined to eliminate terrorism in Syria, regardless of the fact that the government supports terrorism, to restore security and stability in the country.
“All the terrorists left the city Council, their last stronghold in Eastern ghouta,” – said in the army.
At the same time, the Russian defense Ministry said that 21 000 people, including militants and members of their families, were evacuated from Eastern ghouta.
Major Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Center for reconciliation in Syria, said that 3,976 fighters left a thought on the bus on Friday. He added that, at least 67,680 left the Damascus suburb of combat readiness.
Tensions in Eastern ghouta sharply escalated last week after some media reports, citing Syrian militants, accused Damascus of using chemical weapons in douma. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Syria has denied the allegations, saying that the use of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus was planned by a terrorist group.
The Russian military also denied reports of the use of chemical weapons in Eastern ghouta, citing doctors from the Duma which has denied media reports of receiving patients with symptoms of exposure to toxic substances.
Despite the information, members of the Western coalition — the US, UK and France on Friday fired more than 100 rockets at targets in Syria in response to alleged chemical attack.