World Bulletin/News Desk
Syrian state television broadcast showed government soldiers in the streets of Mleiha, which lies on the edge of the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus airport and had been surrounded by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Buildings were damaged or reduced to rubble, and tanks patrolled the streets.
The Britain-based, pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government warplanes attacked several areas in the town. A Syrian rebel source said government forces had taken most of Mleiha and were using planes to attack the last point of resistance. Some of the rebels pulled out to nearby villages.
"Everything here is now under the control of the Syrian Arab Army," a soldier standing near a damaged building told state TV.
The ISIL has also been advancing in the northern region of Aleppo in the past 24 hours, seizing several towns and villages from rivals and carrying out executions, the Observatory and opposition activists said.
Late on Wednesday they advanced to nearby towns including Dabeg and Azizeyeh, now controlling a belt of towns close to the Turkish border.
Last Mod: 14 Ağustos 2014, 17:19