Syrian regime forces control "10 percent" of rebel enclave Eastern Ghouta near Damascus

Syrian regime forces control

Syrian regime forces have taken control "10 percent" of rebel enclave eastern Ghouta near Damascus following days of ground battles against insurgents.

Government forces seized territory inside Syria's rebel enclave eastern Ghouta intensifying fighting as tens of thousands of civilians in the besieged enclave near Damascus awaited urgently needed aid.

The Britain-based Syrian observatory for human rights said ground forces retook a pocket of territory in the southeast of the enclave.

On another front in Syria's seven-year civil war, Turkish air strikes killed 36 pro-regime fighters in a Kurdish enclave near turkey's border.

Syria's war has killed more than 340,000 people and spiraled into a complex conflict involving world powers since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.APP/AFP