Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Thousands Flee as Syrian Government Troops Advance on Eastern Ghouta

UN Afrin's water supply cut off for past week Food aid finally reaches Eastern Ghouta amid mass exodus
Ellis Copeland | 16 March, 2018, 10:47

Residents - majority women and children - fled on foot, in cars and on motorcycles via the town of Hammuriyeh, where the Syrian army had opened a corridor, reported AFP. However, the term is usually used for the terrorists who were killed in the operations. The town, where hundreds of thousands are trapped, already suffers from water shortage.

Ankara and allied Syrian factions on January 20 launched a sweeping ground and air assault against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria.

The unplanned exodus from Ghouta marked a significant gain for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he presses to consolidate control around Damascus.

Assad's comments were published on the official presidency Telegram channel Wednesday. "Calling on Turkey to withdraw its troops is a clear support for terrorist organizations", Turkey's minister for European Union affairs, Omer Celik, told reporters. "We anticipate that the centre of Afrin will be cleared of terrorists in a very short time, God willing in the coming days", Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said. Russian Federation and Iran have been strong backers of Assad, helping him in his bid to regain control of territories. In footage from state TV, some people are in vehicles and others are walking with their belongings. At least two ambulances and a bus brought patients and their families.

State TV showed interviews with people crossing the front, in which they said the Ghouta insurgents had not let them out before.

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According to the UK-based Observatory at least almost 20,000 civilians fled Eastern Ghouta on Thursday.

"We will continue fighting terrorists, we will finish them off, we will help finish them off in Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian army is now conducting operations with our support", he said.

Harasta is in eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held region that has been under a crippling siege and daily bombardment for weeks.

The assault on Ghouta has left almost 1,250 civilians dead, around a fifth of them children.

It marked the first time such large crowds of people had fled the enclave since the government launched a fierce offensive to recapture it almost a month ago.

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