BREAKING: Syrian government forces gain full control of eastern Ghouta: Russian agencies

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Syrian government forces have taken full control over the town of Douma, the last rebel stronghold in the eastern Ghouta enclave outside Damascus, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing a Russian military official.

“The raised state flag over a building in the town of Douma has heralded the control over this location and therefore over the whole of eastern Ghouta,” Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian peace and reconciliation center in Syria, was quoted as saying.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by John Stonestreet

Source: Reuters