he General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces has announced that Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus Countryside is now completely terrorism-free following two months of operations in the region.
“Following a number of concentrated and powerful military operations in the past week, units from our brave armed forces and its allies managed to cleanse Eastern Ghouta in all its neighborhoods and (surrounding) villages, from the armed terrorist organizations after driving out all terrorists from the city of Douma, the final base for terrorists in Eastern Ghouta,” said a statement released by the military late on Saturday.
Recently, Moscow brokered an agreement between the militants based in Eastern Ghouta and the Syrian government, enabling the former’s safe exit to Jarabulus, a militant-held town in northern Syria.
Russia said hundreds of Takfiri Jaish al-Islam militants and their families had left Douma, according to the deal.
“At the same time we are resisting with our air defense capabilities to the tripartite aggression which was staged by the United States of America, France and Britain against numerous targets in Syria, “added that statement.
Early on Saturday, the American military, in collaboration with Britain and France, carried out what it routinely describes as “precision strikes” on three targets in Syria that it falsely claimed to be associated with the country’s alleged chemical weapons arsenal, without producing any evidence.
US, France, UK launch fresh UNSC bid
Meanwhile, the United States, France and Britain have launched a new bid at the United Nations aimed at investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
According to a draft text obtained by AFP, the resolution calls for humanitarian aid deliveries, enforcing a ceasefire and demands that the Syrian government engage in UN-led peace talks.
Earlier, the UN Security Council failed to adopt Russia’s draft resolution condemning the recent joint airstrikes on Syria.
The one-page draft resolution, read by Russia’s Permanent Envoy at the UN Vasily Nevenzya, condemned the military action against Syria and called on the three Western countries to “halt the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic immediately and without any delay” and refrain from further use-of-force actions in violation of the UN Charter.
On Tuesday, Rivaling US and Russia drafted UNSC resolutions aimed at creating a new inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria both failed to garner votes at the council.
Putin: Syria airstrikes against UN charter
Meanwhile, during a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the attacks on Syria grossly breached the United Nations Charter and principles of international law.
“Today, a phone conversation between President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan took place. [They] discussed escalation around Syria following missile strikes launched by the United States and its allies on the country,” read a statement released by the Kremlin.
“Russia’s president underlined that the Western countries’ steps breach grossly the UN Charter and fundamental norms and principles of international law,” it added.
It further noted that the two leaders agreed that “in light of the recent events, bilateral cooperation, aimed at meaningful promotion of the political solution in Syria, should be intensified.”