65 percent of Eastern Ghouta stands liberated: Shoigu

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – March 21, 2018
MOSCOW (Russia): On Tuesday, the Russian national centre for state defence control hosted a teleconference chaired by defence minister, general of the army, Sergei Shoigu whereat it was informed that over the past five days, 79,655 people have been evacuated via the humanitarian corridors from the Eastern Ghouta in Syria and that more than 65 percent of its area has been liberated.

According to an official statement, it was informed that the Russian officers are focused on safe evacuation of civilians from blocked areas as well as on delivering humanitarian aid from Russia to Syrians, who left the enclave.

In a short period of time, 427 tons of food supplies and field kitchens with bottled water, 7,100 matrasses and sets of bed linen as well as 91,819 food sets were delivered to the country. In total, 21,840 civilians are provided with hot meals.

Meanwhile, the centre secured safe access of three united nations (UN) humanitarian convoys to blocked suburbs of Damascus in March as part of the humanitarian operation. The convoys delivered more than 445 tons of cargo.

The Russian centre coordinates its work with the UN, international committee of the red cross (ICRC) and Syrian Arab red crescent (SARC) organisations.

“Despite regular attempts of terrorists to undermine peaceful initiatives in the Eastern Ghouta, the Russian centre holds negotiations with leaders of armed formations in order to cease hostilities and prevent humanitarian disaster. All the taken measures have led to general stabilisation on the outskirts of Damascus,” Shoigu announced.

He emphasised that the Russian centre for reconciliation held humanitarian actions in other parts of Syria as well. Its main goal is to provide people with medical care, food supplies and the bare necessities.

In total, 3,870 people have been evacuated from western part of the Idlib de-escalation zone to Aleppo province via a humanitarian corridor organised by the “Russian-Turkish-Iranian” joint coordination centre.

Besides, 25,684 people returned back to Deir ez-Zor.

Shoigu stressed that more than 1,300,000 refugees returned back to liberated regions since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria. At the same time, Russia observes actions of the United States of America (USA) and coalition in the region.

Recently their military forces have become more active in Syria. There is still possibility that terrorists can use chemical agents in order to further accuse the government troops of applying “chemical weapons” against civilian population.

He reported that such three attempts had been disrupted over the past 7 days. “Russia reckons on its Western partners taking reasonable decisions to stop flirting with terrorists and support Russian peaceful initiatives in Syria,” Shoigu said.

He emphasised that Russia will carry on doing its best to stabilise situation in the region and urged all sides concerned to join constructive dialogue and cooperate to stop violence.