The Russians have offered militants a safe passage out of the Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta [near Damascus] suggesting them to leave with their families and personal weapons through a humanitarian corridor out of the region.
The proposal comes amid a rapidly developing military operation of the Syrian Army in the area, which has already led to a situation when joint forces of Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham have lost over 36% of the pocket. MORE DETAILS
“The Russian Reconciliation Center guarantees the immunity of all rebel fighters who take the decision to leave Eastern Ghouta with personal weapons and together with their families,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement adding that vehicles would “be provided, and the entire route will be guarded.”
While the statement provided no details to what area militants would be evacuated, most likely, the proposed evacuation route will provide militants an opportunity to reach the militant-held part of the province of Idlib, which borders Turkey.
Previous evacuation deals reached between militants and Syrian forces across the country have also included an opportunity to settle a legal status, which has been used by a large number of former members of various militant groups.
A representative of Failaq al-Rahman [a key ally of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda)] accused Russia of “insisting on military escalation and imposing forced displacement” on “people” of Eastern Ghouta. The statement indicates that militant groups may not be ready to accept an evacuation deal right now.
Meanwhile, pro-militant media outlets also started dissiminating reports about a new alleged chemical weapons attack allegedly conducted by government forces in Eastern Ghouta. It’s interesting to note that a new “chemical weapons attack” comes amid reprots that the US is considering a new “military action” against Syrian government forces. MORE DETAILS