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Syrian army prepares to launch ‘huge’ operation in Eastern Ghouta

Government-affiliated newspaper says troops are mobilised around Douma, the enclave's last remaining rebel stronghold.

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Thousands of people have so far left Eastern Ghouta [Bassam Khabieh/Reuters]

Syrian government forces are preparing to launch a “huge” military operation to capture Douma, the last remaining rebel stronghold in Eastern Ghouta, according to local media.

The government-affiliated al-Watan newspaper reported on Wednesday that troops were dispatched around the town, which is largely controlled by the Jaish al-Islam rebel group.

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