Forces loyal to the Assad regime, made up of strategic success in the struggle for Eastern ghouta enclave located in the outskirts of Damascus. They managed to cut off the city Duma from the rest of the enclave.
The settlement is subjected to intensive artillery and air bombardment, it is assumed that his fall is a matter of time. At the moment, units of the Syrian government forces and their allies control about half the territory of the enclave.
Operation exile from Eastern ghouta militants «Jaish al Islam» and other opposition groups were started on 18 February. According to human rights organizations, has killed at least 975 civilians, including 255 children.
On 27 February, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in ghouta, on the initiative of President Vladimir Putin will be declared «humanitarian pause» lasting five hours. However, the agreement is not respected, the parties blame each other for its failure.