BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:05 P.M.) – The Syrian government has officially taken full control of the Barzeh District in Damascus after the last batch of militants and their families exited the area.

The last batch of militants and their families left Barzeh earlier today and they are scheduled to arrive in the Idlib Governorate tonight.

Barzeh was one of the first districts in the Syrian capital that fell to the rebel forces in late 2011.

However, since 2014, Barzeh was under a relatively loose ceasefire deal that was often broken by jihadist rebels infiltrating from nearby districts.

With Barzeh under their control, the Syrian government has officially cleared the eastern districts of Damascus.

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great work SAA

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The following videos from Barzeh in December 2011 show that the govt security forces were still in control in Barzeh in December 2011:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIQPjuZ42WI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDGXv19Rzp0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwBUJg0ovHE

The following videos from Barzeh in February 2012 show govt security forces still in control in Barzeh in February 2012:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEwtXDhZYLs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQRuR6NWBso
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8tDOvECLFQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ1vihMVvuI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkZVUnwj9MY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmKg7Vr0dw4

All those videos are from the same uploader, who is a resident of Barzeh and is a supporter of the rebellion. He has lots more videos but has none of rebels in armed control of streets at that time.

My point is that AlMasdarNews has a falsehood above when it says Barzeh “fell to the rebel forces in late 2011”.

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Barzeh and many other localities fell to the rebels bloodlessly on 1 April 2012 when the Syrian govt semi-agreed to the UN Kofi Annan scheme under which there was to be “withdrawal of all Syrian government troops and heavy weapons from population centres to their barracks” (UNSC Resolution 2042). Kofi Annan & Ban Ki-Moon & the Americans said with a straight face in March/April 2012 that the withdrawal of the govt security forces would help to bring peace and civility to Syria. All Syrians on the govt side thought that it would bring the exact opposite, but they also thought… Read more »