A “de-escalation” zone deal has been in place in Eastern Ghouta since July, but it has been repeatedly violated.
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Syria's army and its allies will keep fighting in Syria after the battle ends in Deir al-Zor province, where Daesh (ISIS) has its last significant stronghold, President Bashar Assad said Tuesday.Assad regards all the groups fighting against the Syrian state as terrorist groups.The Syrian army, with Russian air power and Iran-backed fighters, is waging an offensive against Daesh in the eastern Deir al-Zor province, mostly on the west banks of the Euphrates River.Velayati Friday said Syrian army forces would soon advance to take Raqqa city from the SDF and accused the United States of seeking to divide Syria by stationing its forces east of the Euphrates.On the ground, meanwhile, shelling by the Syrian regime on a rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus killed seven civilians, while retaliatory fire killed three people, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said.
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