EAST GHOUTA, Syria – The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center of the Warring Sides, Major General Yuri Yevtushenko, said on Thursday that at least 1,500 civilians of five East Ghouta sites were ready to leave the war zone from a humanitarian corridor but have been prevented by terrorists operating in the region.
“Militant leaders prevent civilians from leaving Eastern Ghouta by all means,” the chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said.
“According to our estimates, for today at least 1,500 residents of Jisrein, Hammura, Saqba, Kafr Batna and Hezzeh are ready to leave Eastern Ghouta,” he revealed.
“The reconciliation center’s hotline is receiving phone calls from local residents, who say they are willing to leave Eastern Ghouta,” he continued.
“People have grown tired of militants’ lawlessness, they complain of unbearable conditions and are ready to leave the de-escalation zone even bypassing the established humanitarian corridor,” he added.
“Considering the present situation, we once again call on militant leaders to let all those willing to leave Eastern Ghouta to do so. Our security guarantees remain in place,” he said.