Syrian army now controls 90 pc of Eastern Ghouta
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, March 24, IRNA -- The Syrian army has taken control of 90 percent of Eastern Ghouta, according to the so called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in London.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Harasta city in Eastern Ghouta was announced to be free of all terrorism on Friday night after the exit of the second batch of militants and their families to Idleb.
SANA put the number of people leaving Harasta at 3,034 among them 1,072 militants.
SANA's correspondent in Eastern Ghouta said the agreement for the exit of armed groups from Harasta has been finalized after the second batch of buses transporting militants and their families left the city and headed to Idleb province, adding that the militants handed over their heavy weapons before leaving.
The correspondent said the second batch of militants and their families were evacuated via 59 buses carrying 3,034 people including 1,212 men, 1,072 of them being militants, while the first batch that were transported via 30 buses on Thursday consisted of 1,580 people including 619 men, 413 of them militants.
The exit of the second batch of militants and their families began on Friday morning under the supervision of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, with militants burning their bases in the city before leaving to cover up their involvement with foreign sides.
On February 24, 2018, the UN Security Council members unanimously approved a resolution calling for establishment of ceasefire throughout Syria for 30 days.
The resolution which was violated by terrorist groups several times aimed to facilitate dispatch of humanitarian aid and medical services to the war-stricken regions.
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