Smoke billows during Syrian army airstrikes as seen from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus on April 24, 2018. AFP / Rami al SAYED
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Syria's regime Wednesday moved to tighten its grip on the capital as it retook a region outside Damascus from rebels and pounded southern districts to oust militants.At the same time, regime airstrikes and rocket fire pounded southern areas of the capital held by Daesh (ISIS) after regime raids there killed six civilians overnight.Government security forces entered the region's town of Al-Ruhayba, some 60 kilometers northeast of Damascus, after the last rebels departed, it said.Yarmouk – now Daesh's last urban redoubt in Syria or Iraq – was once Syria's biggest Palestinian refugee camp, home to around 160,000 people.Since April 19, at least 61 pro-regime fighters and 49 militants have been killed in the capital's southern suburbs, the Observatory says.In northern Syria, a final convoy carrying hundreds of fighters and civilians from Eastern Qalamoun was heading to the region of Afrin held by pro-Turkey rebels, the Observatory and a rebel commander said.
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