>> A fierce air and ground assault on the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta. As the Syrian army and its Russian backers try to seal victory for President Bashar Al-Assad. The Jaysh al-Islam rebel group is holding out in the town of Douma. After insurgents in other parts of eastern Ghouta accepted safe passage out over the past few weeks.
At least 32 people have been killed so far in the Douma onslaught, including children observers say. Bus loads of wounded fighters and civilians left Douma this week. Here they are arriving in the northern province of Aleppo. Jaysh Al-Islam says it's been given the same ultimatum as the other groups, submit to Assad's rule or leave.
It insists its fighters are staying put. State media said Jaysh al-Islam had shelled residential areas from Douma, and was holding hostages. Tens of thousands of people are believed to be sheltering in the town. Taking Douma, the last rebel pocket near the capital of Damascus, would confirm Assad's unassailable position after seven years of war.