5 Jul 2018 14:51

Syrians continue leaving militant-controlled part of southwestern de-escalation zone via humanitarian corridor

MOSCOW. July 5 (Interfax-AVN) - Over 5,000 Syrians left a part of the southwestern de-escalation zone controlled by militants via the humanitarian corridor over the past 24 hours, and in the past week, over 35,000 left, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said.

"Over the past 24 hours, more than 5,000 Syrians left the western, militant-controlled part of the southwestern de-escalation zone using the humanitarian corridor organized with the assistance of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides near the populated area of Kafr Shams," the center said.

"All in all, more than 35,000 people left the zone for areas controlled by the Syrian government over the past week," it said.

According to the Reconciliation Center, most of the refugees are going to stay with relatives and friends, and the others will be accommodated in two refugee camps, Jebab and Rsas in as-Suwayda. Ambulance services are on duty there round the clock, and medical points and hot meal stations are available.

"All refugees are provided by the Syrian authorities with food, bottled water, and essentials," the center said.

According to the Russian military, residents of the populated areas in the southern de-escalation zone have reported a difficult humanitarian situation in the areas controlled by militants due to constant fighting among groups vying for influence and control over food warehouses. Locals have an acute shortage of food, water, and medication.