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>> As Syria braces for a possible US led missile attack, its forces have reportedly taken full control of the town of Duma. It was the last pocket of eastern Ghouta that remained in rebel hands, a thorn on the government side because it's on the outskirts of the capital.
It was also the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack on Sunday that provoked Donald Trump to one of imminent military action. Russian news agencies reported troops had taken the town, which would seal a major victory for President Busharal Assad. The rebel group which held the town agreed to withdraw from Duma on Sunday, hours after the alleged attack.
43 people were killed, the WHO says, and more than 500 treated. The Syrian government and its Russian backers call the attack reports bogus. Rebels and their families arriving in Aleppo province after the surrender deal, some 40,000 people will move to opposition areas in the north as Russian military police deploy in Duma as per the agreement.
International inspectors want clearance from Damascus to visit the town to determine whether banned chemical weapons were used there. After Moscow and Washington blocked each other's attempts to set up UN investigations, the security council is to meet Thursday to discuss the escalation over Syria.