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Syria: government takeover of Eastern Ghouta near complete

Fighters from the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta leave for Idlib province after weeks of uncertainty.

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To date, an estimated 150,000 residents of Eastern Ghouta have evacuated to northern Syria [Saher el Hacci/Anadolu]

Syrian government forces are on the verge of recapturing the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, according to state media reports.

A Russian military chief announced on Wednesday that it was only a matter of time until the last rebel “bastion” came under government control, the government affiliated el-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday.

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