March 27, 2018 / 1:59 PM / a month ago

Pro-Syrian government forces mobilising around Ghouta's Douma

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Forces supporting the Syrian government have been mobilising around eastern Ghouta’s rebel-held town of Douma since Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Douma, controlled by rebel group Jaish al-Islam, is the last remaining insurgent-held area in eastern Ghouta. Talks between the group and Syrian government ally Russia over a rebel withdrawal have yet to yield a result. The United Nations has said it is highly concerned for 70,000-78,000 people it believes are trapped inside.

Reporting by Ellen Francis and Lisa Barrington; Editing by Peter Graff

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