Another 635 militants, their families exit Douma in Syria's E. Ghouta in past 24 hours - Russian Defense Ministry
MOSCOW. April 5 (Interfax-AVN) - Another 635 militants and members of their families have left the town of Douma in Syria's Eastern Ghouta and headed to the Aleppo governorate over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
"A total of 635 militants and members of their families have exited [Douma] via the humanitarian corridor through the Muhayam al-Wafedin checkpoint in the past 24 hours. Seventeen buses transported them to the north of the Aleppo governorate," the ministry said.
Their security along the entire route was ensured by Syrian police under the control of officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and representatives of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, it said.
The town of Douma is the last area in Eastern Ghouta where militants, including members of Jaysh al-Islam, are still present.
Today is the fifth day of an operation conducted by the Russian and Syrian militaries to facilitate militants' withdrawal from Douma and transport them to the north of the Aleppo governorate.