Russian Military Detects Terrorist Snipers Haunting Civilians in Eastern Ghouta

HMEIMIM- The situation around the humanitarian corridor in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta remains tense, with snipers regularly firing at access routes, spokesman for the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation and coordination Maj. Gen. Yury Yevtushenko said Friday.

"[The] situation near the check point is still strained. Since yesterday evening, snipers have been shelling at approaches to the check point. Today, the Jaysh al-Islam terrorists have carried out two mortar attacks from eastern outskirts of Douma targeting the security corridor leading to the check point near Mukhayam al-Wafedin," Yevtushenko said, according to Sputnik.

 According to Yevtushenko, residents of Eastern Ghouta are provided with information about exit routes and rules for safe leaving the area through the humanitarian corridor.

Yesterday, the Syrian news agency reported that helicopters of the Syrian Arab Army  on Friday dropped new leaflets over the Eastern Ghouta villages and towns to inform civilians, who want to leave the terrorist-held areas, about  how to reach the safe corridor dedicated for their departure towards Mukhayyam al-Wafideen.

The spokesman noted that the center received a lot of hotline messages, in which civilians were complaining about unbearable living conditions and repressive measures taken by the militants.

In particular, terrorists do not let civilian leave the zone, with people trying to use other possible exits to leave the terrorist-controlled areas without crossing the prepared humanitarian corridor, Yevtushenko clarified.

Yevtushenko also reported that two children had managed to approach the check point under fire from the terrorists and cross it with the help of the Syrian government forces who protected them from the fire.

Earlier in the day, another humanitarian pause was declared in Eastern Ghouta in the period from 9:00 a.m. till 14:00 p.m. (07:00-12:00 GMT), while the humanitarian corridor has been functioning for four days now.

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