Syrian Observatory: One third of Syria's Ghouta enclave taken by government

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it’s made the gains since starting a ground offensive there a week ago.

Syrians pack their belongings as they flee their home in the town of Utaya in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on 1 March 2018.  Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - The Syrian army and its allies have captured more than a third of the rebel enclave in eastern Ghouta near Damascus since starting a ground offensive there a week ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

The Britain-based war monitor said more than 700 people have been killed in eastern Ghouta in the past two weeks, since the government and its allies began a massive bombardment of the area on 18 February 2018 in preparation for the attack

The observatory says it’s made the gains since starting a ground offensive there a week ago.