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Over 114,000 Syrian leave Eastern Ghouta during humanitarian pauses

March 26, 23:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On March 26, more than 1,000 food baskets and 2,600 hot meals rations were distributed among civilians at the humanitarian corridors’ checkpoints and camps for internally displaced persons

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MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. More than 114,200 Syrians have left Eastern Ghouta with the assistance of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties since the beginning of humanitarian pauses, the center’s chief, Yuri Yevtushenko, said on Monday.

"Since the declaration of humanitarian pauses, as many as 114,238 people have left Eastern Ghouta with the assistance of the Russian reconciliation center," he said, adding that a total of 523 people used the al-Wafedin humanitarian corridor to leave the enclave during the past day.

In all, as many as 25,013 Syrian have used this corridor to leave the town of Douma.

On March 26, more than 1,000 food baskets and 2,600 hot meals rations were distributed among civilians at the humanitarian corridors’ checkpoints and camps for internally displaced persons, Yevtushenko said.

A humanitarian operation was conducted in the city of Aleppo on March 25, when gifts and study aids were handed out to children in the Arabustan school. Drinking water was delivered to the settlement of Mazlum in the province of Deir ez-Zor. A total of 111 Syrians, including 42 children, received first aid assistance from Russian military medics.

"As social infrastructure is restored in Syrian province and everyday life is getting back to normal, more people return to their former homes. Thus, during the day, as many as 27 people returned to their homes in the province of Homs, and 576 people - in the province of Deir ez-Zor," the Russia reconciliation center chief added.

Following United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401 of February 24 calling to stop hostilities in Syria, daily humanitarian pause have been in effect at Russia’s initiative in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta since February 27. They are aimed at providing civilians and unarmed militants with an opportunity to leave the area. Militants disrupted humanitarian pauses in the first several days, but later on shelling incident ceased, so civilians have been leaving the enclave through the humanitarian corridor every day.

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