A Syrian boy who was evacuated from the rebel-held town of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta looks at a woman in a camp for displaced people in Maaret al-Ikhwan, in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on March 29, 2018. / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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The Syrian government has given a final, three-day ultimatum to the largest rebel group in the enclave of Eastern Ghouta to leave the last remaining rebel-held town in the area, state TV reported Thursday.The Syrian government and its Russian backers have insisted that Jaish al-Islam members leave the area for northern Syria.Speaking at a weekly briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the "counterterrorist operation" in Eastern Ghouta had nearly finished, RIA state news agency reported.She gave no details of negotiations with the rebels still holding out.
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