EAST GHOUTA, Syria – The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Sides in Syria has finally engaged in talks with leaders of terrorist organizations so that they could be evacuated from East Ghouta to the east of Damascus city center, spokesman, Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin told reporters on Saturday.
This comes as 13 militants of a terrorist organization left East Ghouta on Friday along the humanitarian corridor leading to the populated locality of Al-Wafideen in the north of the enclave.
“Intense talks are underway between representatives of the center for reconciliation of warring sides and leaders of illegal armed units of the Syrian opposition, with the aim to reach an agreement over the pullout of a second group of militants from the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone,” Zolotukhin said.
“Apart from that, residential areas of Damascus and nearby suburbs are being continuously shelled since militants from Eastern Ghouta have fired twelve mortars of 120mm there in the past 24 hours,” the general added. “Widespread damage is reported. One person died and nine more civilians were wounded.”
“Besides, an additional checkpoint is operating near the populated locality of Jisrein in the south of Eastern Ghouta. There is a first-aid station and field kitchen. Vehicles are on standby to transport civilians to safe areas.”
“In the town of Kafr Batna, armed clashes erupted between local residents who are supporters to militants and those loyal to Syria’s legitimate government,” Zolotukhin said.