Buses carrying first group of displaced persons leaves Harasta city for Northern Syria

تحرير محمد الحاج | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 22 مارس، 2018 2:38:50 م خبر عسكرياجتماعي تهجير

Rif Dimashq governorate - SMART

Buses carrying the first group of displaced persons from besieged Harasta city, Eastern Ghouta, have started their journey for Northern Syria.

Harasta's local council reported on its Facebook page that the transfer buses arrived to the city at 10:00 am on Thursday. Forty buses are estimated, transferring an expected 1,500 people.

The local council noted that the first group consists largely civilians, patients, wounder and some fighters.

The Syrian government's media reported that five buses have already left. The rest are still exiting Harasta city, accompanied by Syrian Red Crescent teams.

The Red Crescent have also just published photos with their volunteers arranging civilian bags and belongings into logo-marked transfer vehicles. They commented that, "The Syrian Red Crescent is carrying out its humanitarian duty in Harasta in Eastern Ghouta."

A local activist accompanying the departing civilians and fighters, has told SMART that "around 6,000 families are waiting for the evacuation in three-day installments, commencing in the next few hours".

He noted that the departure was originally scheduled for the early hours of the morning, (approximately three hours before speaking to SMART,) but the Syrian government had delayed the movement under the pretext of "security arrangements, securing bus routes, etc..".

The activist, who is aware of the displacement agreement and preferred not to be named for security reasons, added that Islamic Ahrar Sham Movement fighters will come out with only their light weapons. When asked about heavy weapons, the activist replied, "The issue is arranged," meaning that these are expected to be burned before leaving.

The local council of Harasta issued a statement saying that they will leave their land due to the suffering of 20,000 civilians who were besieged for four months. In addition, 90 percent of the besieged city is destroyed as a result of the shelling and military escalation by the Syrian government forces backed by Russia.

On Wednesday, the spokesman for the Ahrar Sham Movement, Munther Fares, told SMART that an agreement includes the exit of soldiers and their weapons, guaranteed by Russia.   Russia and the Syrian government have guaranteed to the people that wish to remain in Harasta that they will not be displaced or experience demographic change.

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