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Russian military police start patrolling southern outskirts of Damascus

May 13, 8:00 UTC+3 DAMASCUS

Military police patrols, both dismounted and motorized, were deployed for a round-the-clock duty at all major streets of the Beit Sahm, Babbila, Sidi Miqdad and Yelda neighborhoods

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DAMASCUS, May 13. /TASS/. Units of the Russian military police have started patrolling southern districts of Damascus, which were recently liberated from militants, a TASS correspondent reported from the area on Sunday.

Military police patrols, both dismounted and motorized, were deployed for a round-the-clock duty at all major streets of the Beit Sahm, Babbila, Sidi Miqdad and Yelda neighborhoods. Stationary posts have also been set up.

According to earlier reports, more than 3,200 militants and over 5,000 members of their families were withdrawn under agreements reached by the Russian reconciliation center in Syria in the first eight days of May.

A small part of southern Damascus districts still remains under control of the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia). The Syrian government’s armed forces continue their operation to liberate those territories.

In April, militants were driven out of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus and from the Eastern Qalamoun district.

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