Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

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Smoke rises from Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on Friday.

The inspectors have delayed their visit to Douma after their security team were shot at during a reconnaissance trip on Tuesday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. The Western countries say the Syrian government, which now controls the town, is keeping the inspectors out and may be tampering with evidence, both accusations Damascus and Moscow deny.

Physicians for Human Rights, a US-based rights group, voiced "grave concern" over experiences that Douma hospital workers had confronted "excessive intimidation" after the world got here again underneath authorities management to cease them speaking in regards to the incident.

Over the past few months, Syrian forces have made sweeping gains against Takfiri terrorists who have lately increased their acts of violence across the country following a series of defeats on the ground.

The IS group has lost major strongholds late a year ago, but they are still holding some pockets south of Damascus and in the remote eastern desert region of Syria.

The army has put military pressure on rebels in Eastern Qalamoun to start negotiations to withdraw, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said.

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"Carrying out airstrikes on Daesh gangs in Syrian territories is because of the dangers posed by said gangs to Iraqi territories and is proof of the improved capabilities of our armed forces", the Iraqi military said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"There are experiences that enormous numbers of individuals have been displaced from Yarmouk Camp to the neighbouring space of Yalda". Most of Yarmouk residents have already fled the area, but the United Nations says several thousand still remain in the camp.

Jihadist shelling of an adjoining neighbourhood injured five people, Damascus police were cited as saying early on Friday by state television. Insurgents in one other enclave close by - Jap Qalamoun - stated that they had additionally agreed to withdraw.

Thousands of civilians, including the fighters' families, are expected to leave with them for northern Syria before the areas come back under Assad's rule under deals similar to others carried out across the country as Syrian regime forces advance. The government denies that.

The Islamic State has had control of the area since 2015. All the rebel groups controlling areas of eastern Ghouta eventually agreed surrender deals that involved withdrawal to opposition-held areas of northwestern Syria.