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Heavy clashes on edges of Syria's Ghouta: monitor

Syrian Regime Forces Were Engaged In Heavy Fighting With Rebels In Southern Areas Of Opposition-held Eastern Ghouta On Sunday, A Day After A UN Call For A Ceasefire, A Monitor Said.

PTI | Updated on: 25 Feb 2018, 11:33:00 PM
Heavy clashes on edges of Syria's Ghouta: monitor (File Photo)


Syrian regime forces were engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in southern areas of opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, a day after a UN call for a ceasefire, a monitor said.

The clashes on the edges of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 13 members of pro-regime forces and six fighters from the Jaish al-Islam rebel group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Violent clashes are taking place in the Al-Marj area, which is a frontline" of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"They are the most violent clashes to take place since the beginning of the month," he added.

Mohamed Alloush, a key figure in the Jaish al-Islam, tweeted that the rebels were "resisting" against bids by regime forces to enter the region.

More than 500 civilians have been killed in a bombing campaign launched a week ago by regime forces on Eastern Ghouta.

According to the Observatory and a Syrian pro-regime newspaper, the clashes are aimed at paving the way for a ground offensive by government forces against Eastern Ghouta.

The clashes came a day after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria "without delay" to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

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First Published : 25 Feb 2018, 11:32:25 PM