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Eastern Ghouta residents need security permit to enter Damascus: activists

Local | 2018-11-06 16:21:50
Eastern Ghouta residents need security permit to enter Damascus: activists
(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian regime has imposed more restrictions on the people of Eastern Ghouta suburbs even after six months of a humiliated reconciliation deal.

Their movement has been restricted.

Each person needs a security permit to enter the capital or even to cross through the destroyed towns that once were the most populous areas and the supply for vegetables and fruits, activist Baraa Mohamed said.

With the recapture of Eastern Ghouta last April, Bashar al-Assad has become more securely in power than at any time since the start of this seven-year conflict, according to BBC.

The residents of Ghouta should obtain an exit permit issued by the police station of his area. Also, the permit should be signed by the director of the district and the mayor to allow them move freely between the towns to avoid security reprisals.

The internal transport process between the towns is facing great difficulties because of the lack of effective measures to improve the movement of traffic between them. For that, the residents are depending motorcycles and minibuses.

Abdul Karim al-Baqa'i, a pseudonym, said that he had to pay a large sum of money to a security agent in the town of Douma in order to obtain the security approval that would allow him to enter Damascus with his mother.

"I am forced to go to Damascus almost every week, my mother is sick and she is in urgent need of undergoing periodic treatment sessions that are not available in the hospital opened by the regime in Douma and other medical centers in Ghouta,” al-Baqa'i added. 

The fall of Eastern Ghouta was not as significant as the regime’s recapture of eastern Aleppo in 2016, which changed the course of the war. 

But it does cement the growing control of the Syrian regime - heavily backed by Russia and Iran - over large parts of the country.

Since the Syrian revolution erupted in 2011, more than 470,000 people have been killed, and more than 6 million people have been displaced.

Zaman Al Wasl
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