Russian Federation says 4127 people left Syria's Ghouta on Friday

Russian Federation says 4127 people left Syria's Ghouta on Friday

Russian Federation says 4127 people left Syria's Ghouta on Friday

Both districts are located in what sources describe as the rebel-controlled "urban heartland" of East Ghouta - the attack by government forces is coming from both the northern (into Saqba) and eastern (into Kafr Batna) directions.

The Syrian Army now controls 70 percent of the total area of East Ghouta, an agricultural belt of 115 square kilometers bordering Damascus.

More than 150,000 people have left the town in the last few days.

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Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from the Turkish-Syrian border.

Since mid-February, Syrian regime forces have targeted Damascus' sprawling suburbs with shells, air strikes and, at times, even toxic gas, according to opposition medics.

The Syrian army and allied forces have recaptured 70 percent of the territory that was under insurgent control in the enclave, it said.

TRT World's Arabella Munro has more.

Airstrikes killed scores of people in Eastern Ghouta, activists said, and tired residents streamed out on foot for a second day, as Russian-backed government forces pressed their campaign to capture the last big rebel bastion near Damascus. "They are mainly old people, women and children", Russian Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin was cited as saying by the agency.

Syria's war has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced millions since it broke out in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

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