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Syria: SAA recovers strategic zones in Eastern Ghouta02:49

Syria: SAA recovers strategic zones in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Arab Republic, Hawsh al-Dawahira
March 1, 2018 at 10:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) breached Jaish al-Islam's lines of defence in Hawsh al-Dawahira town in eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, seizing large areas of the opposition-held territory.Footage filmed after 14:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on Wednesday afternoon shows the SAA taking control over several strategic locations including Hawsh al-Dawahira and the Shifuniya crossroad, as well as several farms from the area.On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously voted for a nationwide 30-day ceasefire. The resolution does not extend to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, and other groups the UNSC deems as "terrorist groups."Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that a ceasefire in Syria does not apply to the fight against terrorism. "Both in Eastern Ghouta and in Idlib there are militant groups which are portrayed by the West as moderate [Ahrar al sham and Jaish al Islam] but that are cooperating with a terrorist group - al Nusra - designated by the UNSC."

Syria: SAA recovers strategic zones in Eastern Ghouta02:49
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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) breached Jaish al-Islam's lines of defence in Hawsh al-Dawahira town in eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, seizing large areas of the opposition-held territory.Footage filmed after 14:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on Wednesday afternoon shows the SAA taking control over several strategic locations including Hawsh al-Dawahira and the Shifuniya crossroad, as well as several farms from the area.On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously voted for a nationwide 30-day ceasefire. The resolution does not extend to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, and other groups the UNSC deems as "terrorist groups."Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that a ceasefire in Syria does not apply to the fight against terrorism. "Both in Eastern Ghouta and in Idlib there are militant groups which are portrayed by the West as moderate [Ahrar al sham and Jaish al Islam] but that are cooperating with a terrorist group - al Nusra - designated by the UNSC."

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