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Ghouta's evacuees placed in mass detention camps: relatives

Local | 2018-03-24 21:58:00
Ghouta's evacuees placed in mass detention camps: relatives
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- As more than 105, 000 people have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta suburbs, activists say the evacuees are suffering harsh humanitarian conditions in the mass detention camps.

Thousands of people were transferred to Adra area northeast of the capital where the regime had placed them in its facilities amid absence of most essential services, local activists and relatives said.

Mohammed al-Basha (a pseudonym) said his relatives who fled the town of Hammouriyah had been placed in al-Duwair centre with 6000 more people. 

Men and youth between (16-50) were put in detention, according to al-Basha.

Russia's Defence Ministry said more than 105,000 people have left Ghouta, including another 700 on Saturday since regime forces began an assault to retake it a month ago, RIA news agency reported, citing the military.

RIA referred to evacuations taking place during "humanitarian pauses". Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar Assad's main ally in the conflict, ordered daily five-hour ceasefires and the creation of a "humanitarian corridor" to allow civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta.  

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About1700 people killed and more than 7000 wounded since the deadliset offensive started on Feb 18, local monitoring groups said as about 90 percent of Eastern Ghouta is back under regime control.

Hossam al-Masri (a pseudonym), a relative of a detainee in at al-Duwair Center, said that the regime imposed strict restrictions on those wishing to visit relatives in the center, which required several security permits.

Al-Masri told Zaman al-Wasl that the regime has allowed number of families, mostly women and children under the age of 15, to leave to their relatives in Damascus.

Syrian rebels began evacuating a second part of Eastern Ghouta Saturday, regime-run media said, in the latest such deal this week for the former opposition bastion.

"Several buses carrying 500 fighters and their families have reached the Arbin crossing, in preparation for their departure from Ghouta," state news agency SANA reported.

Once more buses gather at the Arbin crossing, the full convoy is expected to cross to opposition zones in northern Syria.

Zaman Al Wasl
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