86,123 People Have Been Evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta

Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 21, 2018)

The Russian Сentre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues working on reconciliation of the opposing sides and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic given the UN Security Council Resolution 2401.

In general, situation in Syria stabilizes, people return back to peaceful life.

However, despite the 30-day ceasefire regime established throughout the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian-Turkish-Iranian Coordination Centre has registered several cases of ceasefire violation in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus and Daraa.

The tensest environment remains in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone. Radical groups that operate there regularly violate ceasefire regime and do abuses against civilians.

Despite difficult circumstances, the humanitarian operation carries on in the Eastern Ghouta.

The 23rd humanitarian pause was put into force under the control of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation.

People are leaving the enclave via the opened humanitarian corridors.

Over the last 24 hours, 5,178 people have left the Eastern Ghouta via the humanitarian corridor near Muhayam al-Wafedin.

Since February 28, in total 8,003 people have left the Eastern Ghouta via the abovementioned corridor.

In total since the beginning of the humanitarian operation, 86,123 people have been evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta with the help of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation.

Despite escalation in some region of the country, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation continues working on stabilizing the humanitarian situation, providing medical assistance to the people in need and meeting the priority needs of citizens.

Residents of Saqba received 1,000 food sets and 2,800 portions of hot meals.

On March 20, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation provided

humanitarian aid to the people leaving the Eastern Ghouta. People received 1,200 food sets, 1.2 tons of bottled water, and 7,500 portions of hot meals at the checkpoints and the Edduer, Adra and Hirdjilla IDP camps.

In total 8,500 civilians have been provided with food supplies over the last 24 hours.

The Russian Centre’s representatives organized a charitable action in the Samar Sammi al-Usef School in Homs. Pupils received bed linen, clothes and footwear.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation carried out a humanitarian action in the cities of Aleppo and Tell-Rifaat. People got three tons of fresh-baked bread.

Residents of Mazlum, Deir ez-Zor province, received drinking water.

The Russian military medics provided medical aid to 134 Syrians including 46 children.

The reconstruction of the destroyed social infrastructure and the establishment of peaceful life in the Syrian provinces enable people to return back to their former homes.

Over the past day, 25 people to Homs province, and 684 people – to the province of Deir ez-Zor (on the eastern shore of the Euphrates).

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation