Syrian regime says it has established full control over capital Damascus

War milestone: Syrian army declares complete control of Damascus after ousting Islamic State in devastating battle

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The Syrian Army has issued a statement today declaring victory in the fight over metro Damascus, saying that effective Monday Damascus and all of its surroundings are "completely secure" and under military and government control.

The camp was largely home to Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group fighters and Palestinian factions allied and opposed to Mr Al Assad's rule, prompting fierce clashes.

"Damascus, its outskirts and surrounding towns are completely secure", it said in a statement.

The outlet reported on Monday that the departure of buses from south Damascus the night before was part of "an evacuation of women, children and the elderly during a temporary ceasefire enacted [Sunday] evening for humanitarian reasons".

"At dawn, six buses of IS fighters and their relatives left the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp and adjacent district of Tadamun", said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

But after years of civil war, Syrian regime operations and incursions by militant groups into the camp, the population of Yarmouk, once as high as 160,000 people, has dwindled dramatically, with the void being filled by militants and trapped civilians.

The Syrian warplanes have carried out intense airstrikes on Hajar al-Aswad and the nearby Yarmouk Camp over the past month.

The Observatory said that the fighters were heading east toward the desert and that they had been setting their offices and vehicles on fire so that government forces could not use them.

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Russian Federation has conducted a military campaign in Syria since September 2015, helping reverse the course of war in Syrian President Bashar Assad's favor.

The area south of Damascus was the scene of intense airstrikes by the Syrian government to capture the area.

Previous deals between the Syrian government and different rebel groups were reached, resulting in the evacuation of civilians and rebels from southern Damascus in April 2018.

The push into Hajar al-Aswad and Yarmouk came after government forces captured the last rebel-held southern and eastern suburbs of Damascus, boosting security in Assad's seat of power.

The report follows a string of violent blasts at a Hama air base on Friday that the Observatory said killed at least 11 pro-Syrian government fighters.

It said the government would subsequently resume its operations.

Russian Federation and Iran have been Mr. Assad's strongest backers and joined the war on his side.

Putin told Assad during a meeting Thursday that a political settlement in Syria should encourage foreign countries to pull out their troops from Syria.

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