Rahman Legion announces ceasefire for one day in Eastern Ghouta

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 مارس، 2018 12:22:54 ص خبر عسكري هدنة

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On Saturday, the al-Rahman Legion reached a ceasefire agreement with the United Nations. The ceasefire is valid for today only, Mar. 18, in central Eastern Ghouta, Eastern Damascus.

A military source from the al-Rahman Legion reported in a private forum on social media that the ceasefire aims to permit a UN delegation to enter the area in order to negotiate a total ceasefire and allow humanitarian aid. The source doubted the loyalist forces' commitment to the ceasefire.

The central area of Eastern Ghouta includes the towns of Zamalka, Irbin, Ain Tarma, Hazza, Kafr Batna, Saqbah, Hamouriah, Jisrin, al-Muhamadiah, Bayt Sawa and al-Ashaari.

The loyalist forces seized 75 percent of Saqbah, Hamouriah and Jisrin after clashing with fighters of the al-Rahman Legion, which is part of the Free Syrian Army, and other fighters.

Bassam al-Bayruni, head of the local council in Harasta city, confirmed that the city has been pacified, coinciding with negotiations between the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist Movement and Russia. Al-Bayruni did not give further information about the negotiations, but added that civilians left Harasta through the Water Resources passage established earlier by Syrian government forces.

Loyalist media channels reported that a ceasefire will start at 3:00 pm today and continue for 24 hours. The ceasefire aims to open passages for civilians to enter the loyalist-controlled areas surrounding Ghouta. The loyalist media did not provide details about the negotiations with the FSA and Islamist factions.

The loyalist media clarified that 170 people left trough the passage and were transported to displacement centers in the town of Hirjaleh of the city of al-Kiswah.  

A loyalist military source reported that 30,00 civilians have left Eastern Ghouta.

Earlier, the Russia Ministry of Defense said that about 7,000 persons left Ghouta through a passage in Hamouriah.

On Feb. 18, the loyalist forces and their militias, backed up by Russia, launched a military operation on Eastern Ghouta, killing and injuring thousands of civilians and destroying infrastructure. The military operation continues despite the United Nations Security Council resolution 2401, which calls for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria and the lifting of the siege on Ghouta.

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