Nearly 100 Civilians Leave Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

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The first of two groups of nearly 100 civilians has left a town in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, through a humanitarian corridor towards a checkpoint in al-Wafedin, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties said.

“In line with an agreement with militant leaders, today there are plans to evacuate more than 1,000 militants and civilians from the Douma area,” Gerasimov told a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“After talks between the Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties with the leaders of illegal armed groups in Eastern Ghouta, an agreement was reached on the evacuation of two groups of a total of 100 civilians from Douma to a checkpoint in the settlement of al-Wafedin. There are wounded persons among them,” Yuri Yevtushenko said.

This is the third major organized evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta. Earlier 52 people left Misrab, and then 76 people were evacuated from another settlement of Dubai.

Chief of Russian General Staff and First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov said more than 1,000 militants and civilians are expected to be evacuated from Eastern Ghouta.

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