Eastern Ghouta completely liberates - Syrian Army

Gas Mask found at Chemical Lab in Eastern Ghouta

Gas Mask found at Chemical Lab in Eastern Ghouta

The city was the last rebel stronghold near the 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".

Washington, Paris, and London pointed out Saturday's strikes had targeted regime facilities related to the Syrian chemical weapons program.

The Syrian government and allied forces launched a massive assault on 18 February to retake the enclave, which had been out of regime control since 2012.

Heavy fighting and devastating bombings have killed more than 1,700 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO that has an extensive network of sources in war-torn Syria.

The allies have since signalled their resolve to return to diplomacy, launching a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in the country.

The rebels surrendered Douma after a suspected chemical weapons attack last weekend.

The General Command went on to assert that this great victory in the eradication of terrorism and the liberation of Douma is a natural result of the people's rallying around the Syrian Arab Army, and this was made evident when people from various areas and villages of the Eastern Ghouta took to the streets demanding the Syrian Arab Army to liberate them from terrorism and restore security and safety.

The Islamist group Jaish al-Islam insurgent group, which was in command of Douma, has stated it exclusively agreed to depart due to the Syrian authorities's purported use of poisonous chemical substances on Douma, which medics stated killed greater than 40 folks.

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"Humanitarian operation in the Eastern Ghouta carries on despite missile strikes against Damascus carried out by the global coalition", Maj.

Syria and Russian Federation have each denied utilizing chemical weapons and stated the claims had been fabrications used to justify Western army motion.

The two-month assault on Eastern Ghouta sparked an global outcry, with the head of the United Nations describing the conditions endured by civilians there as "hell on Earth".

The capture of Douma comes as the rebels of the Islam Army have fully evacuated to the rebel-held city of Jarablus in northern Syria in batches.

The Syrian Army said a clean-up operation was underway in the battered enclave.

Hundreds of civilians who fled the offensive have already returned to areas beforehand retaken by the military and allied forces.

The civil war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

The group Jaich al-Islam estimated Saturday that the raids carried out by the Westerners would be a "farce" as long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

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