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More than 143,000 people left Eastern Ghouta — Russian Defense Ministry

March 30, 9:15 UTC+3

More than 143,000 people have left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta since the launch of humanitarian pauses

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MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. More than 143,000 people have left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta with support from the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Conflicting Sides in Syria since the launch of humanitarian pauses, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Friday.

"A total of more than 143,000 people have left Eastern Ghouta with the Russian Center’s support since the start of humanitarian pauses," the ministry said.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 1,049 civilians left the city of Douma through the humanitarian corridor in the community of Al-Vafidin with support from the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Conflicting Sides. "A total of 28,495 people have left this community since February 28 this year," the ministry specified.

In addition, civilians continue to return to the communities of Saqba, Kafr Batna, Ein Tarma, Zamalka, Harasta and others in Eastern Ghouta that were liberated from militants and continue to receive humanitarian and medical help.

Following the adoption of UN Security Council’s Resolution 2401 on February 24, which calls for the end of hostilities in Syria, daily five-hour humanitarian pauses were launched in Eastern Ghouta on February 27 at Russia’s initiative. The first pauses were disrupted by the militants, but the situation normalized later.

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