A pro-regime fighter holds up the Syrian flag in front of damaged buildings in the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp.
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More than two dozen pro-government forces based in Syria's desert died in a surprise attack by Daesh Tuesday, a day after the extremists' ouster from the outskirts of Damascus, an activist group said.The Syrian government Monday had seized a southern pocket of the capital from Daesh, as well as the Yarmouk Palestinian camp and adjacent neighborhoods of Tadamon and Hajar al-Aswad, putting these areas fully under its control for the first time since 2012 .Police units entered Yarmouk and Hajar al-Aswad and planted the two-star Syrian flag there, state television reported.Fighting over the years had whittled down Yarmouk's population to just a few hundred by the time Syria's army began its assault last month.Gunness said between 100 to 200 civilians were estimated to still be in Yarmouk, including people too old or sick to flee.
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