Syrian Army Has Full Control of Metro Damascus After ISIS Ouster

Syrian regime Daesh agree on evacuations from Yarmouk

War milestone: Syrian army declares complete control of Damascus after ousting Islamic State in devastating battle

Pro-government forces and the Islamic State (IS) extremist group observed a brief ceasefire in southern Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said, after weeks of deadly fighting in the extremists' last stronghold in the Syrian capital.

In a televised statement, the army high command said Damascus and its surroundings including villages are completely secure areas.

The camp was largely home to Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group fighters and Palestinian factions allied and opposed to Mr Al Assad's rule, prompting fierce clashes.

In a separate deal inked on April 29, the Syrian regime and Tahrir al-Sham, an armed opposition group, agreed to evacuate parts of the Yarmouk camp controlled by the latter.

"The evacuations are over, after 32 buses took 1,600 people including IS fighters and their relatives out of southern Damascus on Sunday and Monday", said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Takfiri militants have lost much of the territory they once held in Syria amid sweeping gains by government forces on the ground over the past few months.

IS has been driven from virtually all the territory it once controlled in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, but is still present in remote areas along the border in Deir el-Zour province.

The capture of south Damascus from IS marks the full return of the capital and its countryside to the control of Bashar al-Assad's government for the first time since the beginning of the Syrian war.

According to Al-Masdar, members of the Islamic State terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia) left the camp last night, taking advantage of a humanitarian pause.

Putin's envoy to Syria, Aleksandr Lavrentyev, said Putin was referring to, among others, Iranian forces.

Russian Federation and Iran have been Mr. Assad's strongest backers and joined the war on his side.

Damascus residents said warplanes were flying over the city again.

Control over metro Damascus makes it clear that the Syrian government is in a stable position, and not in serious threat of being ousted by the rebellion.

Yarmouk was the largest Palestinian camp in Syria and was put under crippling government siege in 2012 - making it one of the longest besiegements of Syria's war. The Observatory said Daesh militants began burning their posts in Yarmouk and adjacent areas.

Yarmuk camp was opened in 1957 with tents set up for Palestinian families forced to leave their homes by the establishment of Israel. The fighting that ensued levelled the area and forced most residents to flee.

Assad's troops launched their offensive on southern Damascus a month ago, taking advantage of the gains enjoyed since Russian Federation entered the war on their side in 2015.

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