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63,740 Civilians Returned To Eastern Ghouta. Demining Is Ongoing In Douma


63,740 Civilians Returned To Eastern Ghouta. Demining Is Ongoing In Douma

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: AFP 2018 / Louai Beshara

64,740 civilians have returned to their homes in the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta liberated from militants, according to the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria.

“Thanks to comprehensive efforts, 63,740 residents of Eastern Ghouta have returned to their homes from camps for refugees and temporarily displaced persons,” Major General Yuri Yevtushenko, the center’s chief, announced on May 2.

Major General Yevtushenko added that Russia is contributing efforts to improve the humanitarian situation and security in the liberated areas.

“Representatives of the Russian reconciliation center held a working meeting with the head and police chief of Nashabiya, listing housing facilities and road infrastructure which are to be rebuilt first,” he said.

Separately, the operation to clear the town of Douma from IEDs and land mines is also ongoing.

“Efforts to demine the city are underway. To date, Syrian sappers have found and deactivated 1,200 landmines, 1.5 tonnes of explosives and 4,000 improvised explosive devices. It will take up to three months to fully demine the city,” the center’s spokesman said in a statement on the same day.

According to the statement, Syrian sappers find 200-250 mines and IEDs every day. The center estimates that the demining operation in Douma will take up to 3 months.

The town of Douma has become widely known in the mainstream media because of the April 7 incident when a chemical attack allegedly took place there. The US, the UK and France used the incident to accuse the Syrian government and to justify a joint missile strike on Syria, which was carried out on April 14.

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  • Elisabeth Jenders

    And what does the US-led coalition have to show as to the normalization of life in Raqqa and Mossul???

    • leon mc pilibin

      They don’t want normalisation, their goal is total chaos,like Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen,and just like Iraq has been.By destroying these counties, it makes it easier for israhell and its bankster bosses to take over their resources .

      • Daniel Castro

        Also it creates tons of desperate people eager to do anything to survive, slave market is back.

    • Mikronos

      What normalization? Those places are graveyards.

  • Bjorn Metaal

    An SU-30SM 30 crashed at sea after taking of from Kheimim airbase It wasn’t shot down it could have been a bird strike on the engine the 2 pilots are dead.https://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201805031064108502-russia-su30-syria-crash/&ved=0ahUKEwjBqLe9munaAhVJ_iwKHeRyB4IQqQIIIygAMAA&usg=AOvVaw1kUgAGKrvm2tHmoAF–l3t

  • Bob

    In west the Russians are never acknowledged for their sapper work in de-mining and de-booby trapping areas of Syria liberated from extremist militant occupation. But then again, NATO and Gulf States paid the wages and supplied the weapons to these militants, whose various factions have become specialized in leaving wired grenades and pressure-pad IED’s behind, strapped to residential building doors, under school desks etc.

  • Smaug

    Partially this is part of the anticipated reconstruction, partially this is a PR stunt. It will be at least several years before infrastructure is half what it was before the war.

    • FlorianGeyer

      You do yourself a disservice for peddling such Hasbara propaganda Smaug.

  • LR captain

    In the west Assad is a dictator, But in reality he is not. However, because of how much power he holds. The authoritarian aspect of his government means that reconstruction orders are carried out.

    In syria Assad says rebuild this city block. Civilians are drafted supplies are brought in work begins.
    You get your home back rebuilt to standard template. (furnish however you wish)

    In US a hurricane destroys a couple city blocks. People are first screwed over by their insurance companies (they wouldn’t pay up) Then government aid can’t get through (because debris blocking the roads) The government financial aid is used up corruption schemes.
    so the people are left to sell their property at a fraction of their property’s real value and move into trailer parks. While city officials put more money their pocket.

    authoritarians get things done, while the free world suffers from corruption and bureaucracy

  • frankly

    Must be hard to come home and find your house destroyed. All the DU the F.UK.US use I would say Raqqa and Mossul will never be safe for return. Good news from CBS apparently the US is cutting their funding to the White Helmets. I guess they fucked up that last fake gas attack really bad. Shows how powerful the devices of Hollywood are they can get murderous psychopaths to play the role of humanitarians well enough to win an Oscar. Well actually with decades of experience doing just that, it’s not too surprising.