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Over 41,000 Militants, Their Family Members Leave Southern Part Of Eastern Ghouta

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Over 41,000 Militants, Their Family Members Leave Southern Part Of Eastern Ghouta

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Over 41,000 members of Faylaq al-Rahman and their family members have left four the southern part of the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta, according to the Russian military.

“A total of 41,126 militants and their family members left the settlements of Erbin, Jobar, Ein Tarma and Zamalka,” the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria, Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said. “All of them, accompanied by vehicles of security services of the Syrian Arab Republic, ambulance vehicles of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and Russian military police officers were taken to the Qalaat al-Madiq settlement in the Idlib de-escalation zone.”

Yevtushenko noted that the successful operation on the withdrawal of Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman militants from Eastern Ghouta showed the viability of efforts to persuade Jaysh al-Islam, which still controls Douma, to accept a reconciliation agreement.

The Russian official also added that 34 hostages were released in a large-scale operation in Eastern Ghouta.

“During an operation unprecedented in its scale, 34 hostages held by illegal armed groups were released from captivity,” he said adding that a checkpoint allowing Douma locals to withdraw from the militant-held area still works.

“All necessary facilities to help them have been deployed there. Today, a total of 128 civilians left via this corridor. In total, 29,230 people have left Douma via the humanitarian corridor from February 28,” he said.

According to the Russian military, 153,140 civilians have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta since the start of humanitarian pauses in the area.

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