Syrian army intensifies assault on Eastern Ghouta, splits rebel stronghold: reports

Syrian Government forces in Eastern GhoutaThe Syrian army has effectively put two big towns in Eastern Ghouta under siege by advancing into the area linking them to each other and to the rest of the rebel enclave, a war monitor says.

Key points
Syrian army cuts off two big towns
Warplanes, helicopters and heavy artillery bombard area
Main rebel groups say not planning to leave area
Syrian state television had earlier reported that army operations were intensifying in the central part of Eastern Ghouta three weeks into the Government’s ferocious assault.

Both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, and a military media unit run by the Government’s ally Hezbollah said the army had captured the town of Mesraba and advanced into surrounding farms.

Mesraba lies just south of the large towns of Douma and Harasta, along the road linking them to the remaining southern area in the insurgent pocket.

The roads connecting the towns to each other were all covered by army fire, the observatory said.

via Syrian army intensifies assault on Eastern Ghouta, splits rebel stronghold: reports – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)