(From BBC News)
The Syrian army has made a significant advance in its effort to take rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, reports say.
Troops have cut off the biggest town in the region, Douma, and isolated another, conflict monitors the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The advance would effectively split the region into three parts.
The Syrian government began a major offensive last month to re-take Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel-held area near the capital Damascus.
Since then they have reportedly taken control of half of the region, an advance that is thought to have left more than 900 civilians dead.