Syrian rebels gained ground in Eastern Ghouta after launching a counter-attack on government forces in the rebel-held region near Damascus, a monitoring group said Friday.

“Rebels from Faylaq al-Sham managed overnight to capture most of the territories they lost in Hamouriyeh when they launched a fierce counter-attack against the regime forces in the area,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told dpa.

Rebels from the group posted pictures of areas they re-captured.

Eastern Ghouta, located on the outskirts of Damascus, has been one of the remaining areas in Syria under rebel control.

Rebels have been losing ground since the government began its latest offensive on the area in the middle of February.

The rebel attack came a day after government forces said they captured Hamouriyeh, located in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta.

The government offensive prompted the Thursday exodus of some 20,000 civilians from Hamouriyeh to displacement centres in the government-controlled areas at the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

The mass movement was considered the largest exodus from the region since it fell under the government siege in 2013, according to the observatory.

Russian planes conducted several raids early Friday on areas in the southern parts of Eastern Ghouta, the observatory said.

The raids killed 10 people killed in Sabqa and Kfar Batna.

Around 1,992 people, including 426 children, have been killed in Eastern Ghouta due to violence in the past four months, the observatory has estimated.

Source: NAM News Network

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Syrian rebels gained ground in Eastern Ghouta after launching a counter-attack on government forces in the rebel-held region near Damascus, a monitoring group said Friday. 'Rebels from Faylaq al-Sham managed overnight to capture most of the territories they lost in Hamouriyeh when they launched a fierce counter-attack against the...