SYRIAN ARMY CAPTURES KEY TOWN IN EASTERN GHOUTA AMID CIVILIANS’ RETURN
The Syrian army captured the town of Saqba, in the capital, Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta countryside, while civilians started returning immediately to their homes.
The Syrian soldiers were fanning out in the area, and the civilians, who remained there, welcomed the soldiers.
Meanwhile, civilians who had evacuated Saqba, hours ahead of its liberation, immediately started returning to their homes in that area, before they could even reach the shelters, outside Eastern Ghouta.
A field commander with the Syrian army, said that, many of the rebels in Saqba had surrendered, while others fled, ahead of the Syrian fighters’ arrival.
The officer said, the liberation of Saqba was made possible, by the cooperation with the civilians inside, who had protested before, against the rebels’ presence in their area.
“The next days will be beautiful, as Eastern Ghouta will be liberated from the terrorists,” the officer said.
The civilians expressed relief that their area is no longer a battle zone.
Abu Alaa’, a resident of Saqba, said, they can finally breathe “after seven years of hunger, siege, humiliation, agony, and thank God we have been liberated from terrorism.”
Earlier in the day, Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad visited a front-line area in Eastern Ghouta, meeting with soldiers and civilians, as well, the Syrian presidency media office, said.
The media office published two photos, in which Assad appeared surrounded by soldiers with a caption reading “On the front-line in Eastern Ghouta, President Assad is with the heroes of the Syrian army.”
“Every bullet you have fired to kill a terrorist, you were changing the balance of the world, and every tank driver advancing a metre forward, was changing the political map of the world,” Assad was quoted as saying.
The president added, “We congratulate all Syrians with this victory, and we are proud of every hero of the heroes of the Syrian army.”
Assad also met with civilians from Eastern Ghouta, who have recently fled rebel-held areas, with a video footage aired on the state TV, showing him speaking with cheering crowds.
The rare visit, which apparently aimed to showcase confidence and victory, comes as the Syrian forces are making strides in the battles against various rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta.
The War Media said, Syrian government forces have so far captured 80 percent of Eastern Ghouta, as the troops captured the town of Saqba on Sunday, and are advancing towards Kafar Batna town.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syrian-army-captures-key-town-in-eastern-ghouta-amid-civilians-return/Government