A wounded Syrian girl receives treatment as victims of reported regime air strikes on Hammourieh, Saqba and Kafr Batna are brought to a make-shift hospital in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 7, 2018. AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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Government forces Wednesday seized vast swaths of territory including farmland from rebels in the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, effectively dividing the besieged enclave in two and further squeezing rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state media and an activist group reported.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that by nightfall, Syrian government troops and allied militias had seized half of the territory held by rebels in Eastern Ghouta and split the enclave in two.By slicing the territory, the Syrian government succeeds in severing supply routes and squeezing further rebels inside.The Russia-backed Syrian army and allied militia began a bombing campaign on Feb. 18 on Eastern Ghouta – the last opposition bastion near Damascus – then launched a ground offensive a week later.
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