Syria unrest: Over 11,000 people have left besieged eastern Ghouta near capital Damascus, says Russian military

Russia's military says more than 11,000 people have left Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus in the past few hours

AP March 17, 2018 14:39:29 IST
Syria unrest: Over 11,000 people have left besieged eastern Ghouta near capital Damascus, says Russian military

Moscow: Russia's military says more than 11,000 people have left Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus in the past few hours as government forces step up an offensive on the rebel enclave.

Syria unrest Over 11000 people have left besieged eastern Ghouta near capital Damascus says Russian military

Representational image. Reuters

Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that some 3,000 people have been leaving every hour today through a government-run humanitarian corridor monitored by the Russian military.

Zolotukhin is spokesman for the Russian centre for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria.

Airstrikes in Syria killed more than 100 people yesterday as civilians fled en masse. Under cover of allied Russian air power, Syrian government forces have been on a crushing offencive for three weeks on eastern Ghouta.

The weeks-long violence has left more than 1,300 civilians dead and 5,000 wounded.

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