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More than 113000 Civilians Evacuated from Eastern Ghouta, Russia Says

27 March, 2018, 06:28 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • More than 113000 Civilians Evacuated from Eastern Ghouta, Russia Says

On Sunday afternoon, almost 1,000 militants and their family members who have left their last strongholds in Eastern Ghouta arrived in the town of Qalat al-Madiq in Hama province, the Syrian news agency SANA reported. The army has gained control over 90 percent of Eastern Ghouta and Douma is the only town in the Northern parts of the region that is still under the terrorists' occupation.

The Army of Islam has held Douma, near Damascus, for years.

In Syria, the rebel faction Jaish al-Islam has refused to withdraw from the Douma town in eastern Ghouta to other opposition-held areas in the country.

Jaish al-Islam is also now negotiating with Russian Federation over the future of the area and the people in it.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights placed the number of civilians leaving Eastern Ghouta at 140,000.




In a statement, the Islam Army denied reaching an agreement to lay down weapons and leave Douma, saying the negotiations with the Russians are ongoing without reaching a final deal yet.

On March 13, Russia's Defense Ministry announced the cessation of military activities in the town of Douma, which paved the wave for a large-scale exit of civilians to territories controlled by the government forces.

A Russian official, Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov, said the group was in touch with Russian officers handling the negotiations.

More pull-outs were expected on Monday from the towns of Arbin and Zamalka and the neighbouring district of Jobar, all held by Faylaq al-Rahman. More than 114,000 people have left Eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors since the declaration of humanitarian pauses, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria said in a statement on Monday.

Relatives of rebel fighters and their families who fled three opposition pockets of Eastern Ghouta told opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl on Saturday that many evacuees have been detained.

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