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Syrian government forces carry on with anti-terror operations

A picture taken on April 29, 2018, during a government-guided tour in Damascus' southern al-Qadam neighbourhood, shows a Syrian army tank parked in a street. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian government forces have launched several intensive strikes on terrorist-held positions located to the south of the capital Damascus.

Syria's official SANA news agency reported on Wednesday that the Syrian air force backed by army artillery fire launched a series of attacks in the northern part of al-Hajar al-Aswad region.

The precision strikes are aimed at isolating the terrorists by cutting off their supply routes and ridding the region of their presence.

The report added that Syrian government sniper units and demolition experts are also currently engaged in purging terrorist-held tunnels and structures in the area.

Earlier in the day, four people were killed and 24 other wounded mortar fire launched by terrorists holed up in al-Hajar al-Aswad.

Since February, the Syrian army, backed by Russia, has been engaged in a major push to rid Damascus and the surrounding areas of terrorist groups.

In a significant victory early last month, the Syrian army managed to fully liberate Eastern Ghouta, which had long been controlled by militant groups and served as a launch pad for deadly rocket attacks against residents and civilian infrastructure in the capital.

The government has also sought to strike evacuation deals with the militants holed up in the suburban areas around the capital in a bid to decrease the fighting and protect the civilians caught up there. One such evacuation mechanism is also taking place in Yarmouk, an area south of Damascus and home to a sprawling Palestinian refugee camp, which has been controlled by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group as well as militants with the so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria.

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