On April 14, Brigade General Ali Mayhoub spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of Syria announced in an official statement that the Syrian Army (SAA) had imposed its control of the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta.
“In conjunction with the response of our air defense systems to the triple aggression launched by the United States, France and Britain on several targets in Syria, units of our armed forces and allied forces accomplish the complete cleansing of the eastern towns of Ghouta, in the countryside of Damascus, from terrorism,” Brig. Gen. Mayhoub said in the statement, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
Brig. Gen. Mayhoub also confirmed that all members of Jaysh al-Islam had withdrawn from the Duma district, that was the last opposition-held area in the Eastern Ghouta region. The Syrian defense ministry spokesman added that the SAA will begin now clearing Duma from mines and IEDs.
Jaysh al-Islam agreed to leave the Duma district towards the Turkish-held areas in northern Syria on April 8. The evacuation of Jaysh al-Islam from Duma lasted until April 12. On the same day the Russian Military Police began deploying its units in the district.
According to Syrian pro-government sources, Duma will be run by a local council and secured by the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Police for the next few months. A similar plan was successfully implemented in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo after its liberation in late 2016.