EAST GHOUTA, Syria – Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides, told reporters on Tuesday that over 63,600 residents returned to their homes in East Ghouta, to the east of Damascus city center, from refugee camps.
“A total of 63,628 residents of Eastern Ghouta have returned to their homes from refugee camps and temporary shelters,” he said.
“Officers from the Center for Reconciliation have participated in a meeting of the Syrian National Anti-Terrorism Committee,” Yevtushenko pointed out. “The meeting’s participants discussed the results of the six-day operation to liberate Eastern Qalamoun from illegal armed groups,” he said, adding that Russia had emphasized the importance of creating conditions for the return of civilians to Eastern Ghouta.
“A total of 177 people returned to their homes in the Homs province in the past 24 hours, while 187 people returned to the Deir ez-Zor province and 106 came back to Eastern Ghouta,” Yevtushenko said, adding that 225 people had left the Tell Rifaat de-escalation zone for Manbij, Aleppo province.