Smoke and fire billows in a southern district of the Syrian capital Damascus, during regime strikes targeting Daesh in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk, and neighbouring districts, late on April 19, 2018. (AFP / Rami al SAYED)
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The Syrian army bombarded jihadists in the last area outside government control near Damascus overnight, as President Bashar al-Assad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves.Thousands of civilians, including the fighters' families, are expected to leave with them for northern Syria before the areas come back under Assad's rule under deals similar to others carried out across the country as Syrian forces advance.Conditions in the opposition-held pocket of northern Syria where the displaced will go are poor.Yarmouk was the biggest camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria before the war.
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