Syrian army declares capturing last rebel bastion in Eastern Ghouta

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The conquest of Douma underlines how Russia's entry into the fray in 2015 on Mr. Assad's side has now helped him to an unassailable position in a conflict that mushroomed out of protests against his rule seven years ago.

The army said many factories for manufacturing weapons and munitions were found in addition to a large number of tunnels and storages of food the rebels had kept from the civilians there.

Saturday's retaliatory strikes by the United States, Britain and France targeted 3 facilities they say were related to chemical weapons.

The Syrian army has declared that all anti-regime forces had left Eastern Ghouta, almost two months into a blistering offensive on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of the capital.

The Syrian government strongly denied the allegation, calling for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send a fact-finding mission for investigations.

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Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the incoming missiles, according to the report, which urged citizens not to believe other media reports "intentionally or unintentionally" exaggerating the results of the attack.

State-run news agencies in Russian Federation on Thursday reported Syrian forces had raised the national flag in Douma, which was the last rebel-held city in Eastern Ghouta, a strategic enclave on the fringe of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Syrian TV showed police waving Syrian flags apparently on the edge of the town just east of Damascus, and said the "terrorist presence" in Douma will end "in a few hours".

With this progress, the Syrian army has fully controlled Eastern Ghouta, which was the last major threat to Damascus.

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement on Saturday evening that the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside is now completely clear of terrorism after all terrorists have been removed from Douma city.

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Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated in a landmark square of the Syrian capital, waving victory signs and honking their auto horns in a show of defiance.

Russian Federation and Syria resumed bombardment of the Douma area when talks for Jaish al-Islam's evacuation sputtered last week, culminating in an alleged chemical strike on Saturday. Some clapped their hands and danced, others drove in convoys, honking their horns.

"Good morning steadfastness", one broadcaster said.

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