Syrian troops break militant siege on army base in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian paramedic carries an injured child following reported bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the Eastern Ghouta, on January 6, 2018.

(PressTV) -Syrian government forces have managed to break a siege imposed by the foreign-backed Takfiri militants on a strategic army base in Eastern Ghouta near the capital, Damascus.

The advance comes just a handful of days after the army’s elite forces launched a major operation to break the siege by Ahrar al-Sham terrorists on the Military Vehicles Administration base in the town of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta.

At least 200 Syrian troops were believed to be trapped within the premises since the militants stormed the base in November. On December 31, the Takfiri militants reportedly widened their control of the base.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, said on Sunday that the Syrian troops had “opened a loophole” that led them into the base.

The state-run al-Ikhbariya TV said that fierce clashes were going on inside and around the base late at night, while the army troops fought their way to retake control of the compound’s buildings.

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Source: PressTV

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.