A soldier loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad raises a flag at al-Qadam area near Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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The Syrian army began an intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Homs Monday, a war monitor said, as President Bashar Assad pushed to recapture all the remaining areas his forces have besieged.Late on Sunday, the Syrian army said missiles had struck bases in northern Syria, describing it as a "new aggression" by its enemies.The Syrian army's assault on the pocket between Homs and Hama -- the most populous remaining besieged area in Syria -- included both air strikes and artillery, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the war monitor.However, SANA state news agency reported continued intensive bombardment of al-Hajar al-Aswad, another area in the south Damascus pocket where Daesh fighters are based.
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