May 19, 2016 / 9:27 AM / 4 years ago

Syrian government forces, allies seize area southeast of Damascus - monitor, pro-opposition TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their allies captured a large area southeast of Damascus from rebels on Thursday, pressing an advance into territory long held by insurgents, a monitoring group and a pro-opposition television channel reported.

The areas taken, in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs, began with the capture of the key town of Deir al-Asafir, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Pro-opposition Orient News said government forces “took complete control” of the area.

Reporting by John Davison; editing by John Stonestreet

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