“The civilians who violate the militants’ rules are subjected to public punishment,” he pointed out
The situation around the humanitarian corridor in East Ghouta has been tense recently, with militants who entrenched themselves in the area constantly violating the truce and preventing civilians from escaping the besieged suburb. The militants also shell Damascus from East Ghouta regularly, causing damage to buildings and injuring civilians.
Maj. Gen. Yury Yevtushenko, a spokesman for the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, said that civilians complain about hard living conditions under militants and repressions via the hotline. The residents report about a lack of food, medical supplies, water and electricity.
On Saturday, snipers were firing at access routes to the humanitarian corridor to stop civilians from using it.
So far, six humanitarian pauses from 9:00 a.m. till 14:00 p.m. (07:00-12:00 GMT) have been declared in East Ghouta, with the latest one currently in effect. The residents are being informed via broadcasts, text messages, and leaflets about the ways to exit the areas controlled by militants and proceed to government checkpoints.