Eastern Ghouta recaptured by Syrian army. Control of the region vastly increases the security of the Assad regime
The rebels and who have left Douma are those who have so far rejected any reconciliation with the Syrian government. Others opted to stay and engage with a police force supervised by Russia. Over 40,000 thousand rebels and their families are reported to have moved north to the northwestern province of Idlib.
Douma was the last rebel stronghold in Eastern Ghouta. Control of the region reinforces the security of the capital Damascus and puts the Assad regime in its most powerful position in over seven years.
Rebels repeatedly shelled the capital from Eastern Ghouta and it was the scene of some of the first protests again the government.
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.
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