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Over 30 hostages released during large-scale operation in Syria — Russian Defense Ministry

April 01, 3:04 UTC+3

In all, the Russian reconciliation center has played a crucial role in evacuating 153,140 civilians from Eastern Ghouta

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MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. More than 30 hostages were released in a large-scale operation in Syria, the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria, Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said.

"During an operation unprecedented in its scale, 34 hostages held by illegal armed groups were released from captivity," he said.

According to the Russian official, a humanitarian corridor for residents of Douma with a checkpoint near the town of El Wafideen continues its work.

"All necessary facilities to help them have been deployed there. Today, a total of 128 civilians left via this corridor. In total, 29,230 people have left Douma via the humanitarian corridor from February 28," Yevtushenko said.

In all, the Russian reconciliation center has played a crucial role in evacuating 153,140 civilians from Eastern Ghouta since the start of humanitarian pauses in the region, he added.

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