Spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin told reporters that civilians in East Ghouta to the east of Damascus city center have armed themselves and established small militias to take on the terrorist forces and reach areas controlled by the Syrian Army.
“We have been receiving reports about the difficult humanitarian situation, the lack of food and medicine, as well as numerous complaints about persecution on the part of militants,” he said.
“It causes growing discontent among locals and even outbreaks of protest,” he continued.
“There is information that some civic activists are forming small armed groups, planning to break the militants’ blockade and reach areas controlled by the government,” Zolotukhin revealed.
Russia imposes a daily humanitarian pause from 09:00 to 14:00 local time in East Ghouta to allow civilians to leave the war zone. Terrorists however continually attack civilians attempting to leave.