Militants intensify repression against East Ghouta civilians – Reconciliation Center


Originally appeared at TASS

Local residents of Eastern Ghouta are sending messages to the Center for the Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria, telling about their readiness to leave the area but militants’ leaders are taking all efforts to prevent their exit, Center Representative Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin said on Thursday.

‘For this purpose, the illegal armed formations have intensified repressive measures against the population and increased the intensity of shelling the checkpoint near the town of El-Vafidin. The fire is delivered also during humanitarian pauses, due to which no one has been able to leave the exclave towards the checkpoint at the current moment,” the general said.

The situation in the area remains complex and tense, he added.

Over the past 24 hours, militants from Eastern Ghouta again shelled the residential quarters of Damascus and the nearby suburbs. They fired eight mortar shells, wounded nine civilians and destroyed buildings,” Zolotukhin noted.

“The humanitarian corridor is open both for Eastern Ghouta civilians and for militants with their families. They are guaranteed security, the provision of transport means and protection along the entire route,” the general added.

On instructions from Russian President Vladimir Putin daily humanitarian pauses were introduced in Eastern Ghouta (a suburb of Damascus) from 09:00 to 14:00 local time starting from February 27. During the first three days, the humanitarian pauses were disrupted by militants.

As the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Sides reported, the terrorists numerously shelled the corridor intended for the exit of civilians from that area and are also keeping hostage the population in their controlled Eastern Ghouta, threatening to punish those wishing to leave.



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  • antoun

    the civils from goutha oriental only 1 option will be libered by progress advance at army syrian!!

    • Michał Hunicz

      Learn English.

      • HardHawk

        why dont you help him, obviously he dies the best he can.

      • Langaniso Mhlobo

        My boss please don’t discourage him help him.

      • antoun

        fuck off the american gay!!

  • Serious

    USA must stop holding Syrians hostages. USA can’t be friend of Syria as USA is israel best friend.

    USA and Syria can’t be friends. Impossible.

  • Joe Doe

    The humanitarian pauses ordered by Pu*in was another of many wrong decisions. The civilians in EAST GHOUTA gone be free when SAA will free them. Putin plays games with peoples life in Syria, by banding over and over again to please the westerns. Assad should request own Air Defense System from Russia in order for SAA be able defend itself and Syria. Russia just agree to pay Egypt 7 billions for one economic zone in Egypt. Syria giving Russia 2 bases is wort more then 7 billions, at least twice that much. Therefore Assad should demand from Russia S-400 at least two batteries and additional 5-6 batteries of Pantsir-S1 or S-2 and 2 dozens of VERBA MANPAD

    • Serious

      Exactly. If Putin doesn’t agree, Putin can ask israel to give him 2 naval bases for free.

  • Lupus

    Don’t give those jihad fucktards a way out. Kill ’em all

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Send in unmanned armour cars and robot soldiers in.Don’t let terrorist out for free.Or did USA/NATO paid ransom to Russia to allow special forces to escape to Al Tanf.

  • Garga

    That’s not a good sign. Holding civilians hostage will not help terrorists at all unless there’s something else to it.

    With lightning victories of SAA and allies, these criminals see that there’s no hope in resisting unless they were given promises by their foreign backers, so their part is to resist at all costs and the US and other criminals will go to their rescue on the excuse that SAA is harming civilians [that are hostage in terrorists’ hands by the way, but nevermind that].

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  • RamboDave

    The civilians that still remain in East Ghouta are probably mostly the family members of the rebels.
    This was exactly the case in East Aleppo in December 2016. At that time, the news media was claiming that 300,000 civilians were in jeopardy, even though drone video showed deserted streets. And then, when the rebels surrendered to the SAA in December 2016, there were only 70,000 civilians there according to UN monitors, and they were mostly family members of the rebels.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They have kept them this way since the beginning it is not a new thing just new since 2012.