Russian MoD: Thousands Left Eastern Ghouta Since Start of Humanitarian Ceasefire

Middle East

A total of 153,140 people have been evacuated from the area of Eastern Ghouta with the assistance of the Russian reconciliation center for Syria since the introduction of humanitarian pauses on February 28, the center said.

“In total since the humanitarian pauses were introduced, 153,140 people have been evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta with the help of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation,” center’s commander Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said at a daily briefing on Saturday.

Moreover, about 40,000 militants and their families were evacuated from four settlements in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta and were transported to the Idlib province in course of an eight-day operation on withdrawal of the Faylaq al-Rahman militants from the area, the Russian reconciliation center for Syria said on Sunday.

“Since the beginning of the humanitarian operation by the past day, 41,126 militants with families have been withdrawn from Arbil, Jobar, Ein-Tarma and Zamalka. They were escorted by the Syrian patrol cars, SARC ambulance cars and Russian military police to Qalaat al-Mudik, the Idlib de-escalation zone,” Yuri Yevtushenko said.

Yevtushenko added that 34 hostages held by militants were released in course of an operation unprecedented in its scale.

IN addition, more than 29,000 civilians have left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta through the Muhayam al-Wafedin humanitarian corridor since the introduction…

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