Syrian state media reported the blasts at the time but did not provide any details, while the Observatory had said they were likely due to a technical malfunction. Two hours later, the TV said troops captured IS' former stronghold of Hajar al-Aswad and broadcast images showing troops waving the Syrian national flag in the heavily destroyed neighbourhood.
"Damascus and its surroundings are completely secure", Mayhoub said.
With Iran's help, Assad's forces have been making steady gains since 2015, when Russian Federation launched an air campaign on behalf of his forces.
A war-monitoring group said about 1,600 people, including hundreds of Islamic State gunmen, left the area Saturday and Sunday, heading toward the desert in the east of the country after a deal with the government.
For the past five years, the camp had remained under siege by the Assad regime and Iran-backed militia groups.
Tension has been running high along the Syrian border amid Israeli accusations the Iran and Shia Hezbollah group have been building up a military presence in war-torn Syria. "We will keep marching until we liberate all parts of Syria". The spring saw thousands of rebel fighters surrender and board crammed buses out of eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, following weeks of bombardment.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks that foreign troops must withdraw from Syria after the start of the political settlement phase have been clarified by a Kremlin spokesman, Ad-Dustour has reported.
"Those who entered Syria without the permission of the Syrian government are the ones that must leave the country", the spokesman said.
The spokesman went on to say that as a committed party to the JCPOA, following the unilateral, illegal and scandalous withdrawal of the USA from the multi-national agreement, the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain in the deal as long as the remaining sides acknowledge Iran's rights under the accord.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Monday, Qassemi pointed to recent reports about Russia's call for the withdrawal of all foreign military forces from Syria and said, "No one can force Iran to do anything".