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Syrian army units attack Mesraba in Ghouta to secure entry - state TV reports

Syrians run for cover in Hamouria during Syrian government shelling on rebel-held areas in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 6, 2018. (AFP)
Syrian army units attacked rebel defences in Mesraba in Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday with “preparatory fire” to secure entry of infantry units, state TV reported.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian regime brought reinforcements to Eastern Ghouta the Syrian observatory said.
Meanwhile, Syrian rebels in Eastern Ghouta will defend the territory and there are no negotiations over a withdrawal that has been proposed by Russia, the military spokesman for one of the main Eastern Ghouta rebel groups said on Wednesday.
“There are no negotiations about this subject. The factions of Ghouta and their fighters and its people are holding onto their land and will defend it,” Hamza Birqdar told Reuters in a text message.
Russia, President Bashar Assad’s most powerful ally, has offered to give rebel fighters safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, near the capital, Damascus, with their families and personal weapons.

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