EAST GHOUTA, Syria – Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, said on Tuesday that terrorist forces in East Ghouta were holding women and children as hostages so they can be used as human shields.
“The militants act arbitrarily against civilians in Eastern Ghouta up to public executions, prohibiting them to leave the area under the threat of death, Yevtushenko said.
“They seize food, medicines, drinking water and private vehicles from people. Senior citizens, women and children are forcibly held hostage and used as a human shield,” he explained.
He then detailed how the UN humanitarian convoy that entered East Ghouta only left with thirteen civilians because the terrorist forces prevented such evacuations.
“We managed to send away only thirteen peaceful people with the returning convoy,” he said. “Five of that number were children.”
To him this was disappointing as they were hoping to evacuate more than a thousand civilians, particularly those sick and wounded, but this was prevented by the terrorists.
This comes as Putin announced that it was Russia attempting to bring peace to Syria. Details of this can be read here.