Syria regime advances in ISIL-held pocket of Damascus
“The Syrian regime has seized control of the entire district of Hajar al-Aswad,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Fighting for Hajar al-Aswad had been particularly bloody, Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Since the assault began in April, 221 pro-government fighters and 189 ISIL jihadists have been killed - nearly half of them in Hajar al-Aswad alone.
ISIL remains in control of the nearby district of Tadamun and 70 percent of the adjacent district of Yarmuk, a sprawling Palestinian camp.
Such deals have allowed the government to recapture swathes of territory across Syria.
Around 160,000 Palestinian refugees once lived in Yarmuk, as well as Syrians. Just a few hundred people remain there now.
Besides Yarmuk, it holds some desert territory in Syria’s center and east.
More than 350,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict erupted in 2011.