TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC)-Russia says more than 40,000 civilians have returned to Eastern Ghouta after the Syrian capital’s countryside was almost fully liberated from militants.
The Russian Defense Ministry made the announcement on Tuesday.
The returnees had initially left the Damascus suburb using four humanitarian corridors set up to enable their safe exit from the area.
Militants had been using the area to launch incessant rocket attacks on the capital. Backed by Russian airpower, the Syrian army has been trying to liberate the countryside to both spare the capital from the attacks and liberate thousands of other trapped civilians, whom militants have been using as human shields.
Eastern Ghouta has now been almost fully liberated with the exception of the town of Douma.
Recently, Moscow brokered an agreement between the militants based there and the government, enabling the former’s safe exit to Jarabulus, a militant-held town in northern Syria.