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More than 6,000 militants and their family members leave Eastern Ghouta

March 31, 14:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Ministry of Defense also said that the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation has decided to prolong the regime of humanitarian pauses

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MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. More than 6,000 militants and their family members left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Friday, March 30, according to the press service of the Ministry of Defense.

According to the Ministry, 6,276 Faylaq al-Rahman militants and their family members have left Eastern Ghouta as a result of the agreements reached by officials of the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation with the group’s leaders.

The Ministry also said that the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation has decided to prolong the regime of humanitarian pauses.

In total, since the beginning of the operation, 38,191 militants and members of their families have left the region for the province of Idlib.

On February 24, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2401, calling for a cessation of hostilities in Syria. Following that, daily five-hour humanitarian pauses were declared in Eastern Ghouta starting from February 27 in order to provide civilians and unarmed militants with an opportunity to leave the area. Militants disrupted humanitarian pauses in the first several days but later the situation normalized.

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