Militants indiscriminately target civilians in Syria's Eastern Ghouta – Russian military
The Russian military says militants continue to indiscriminately target civilians in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, which has witnessed deadly violence over the past few days.
Speaking in the Syrian capital Damascus, Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin told reporters that militants killed at least four civilians on Thursday, adding that the killings showed militant threats against people who wanted to leave Eastern Ghouta were real.
The Russian military says terrorists are blocking civilian evacuations from the Damascus suburb by shelling the route out of the area days after a humanitarian pause went into effect to help the residents flee the militant-held area.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the implementation of a daily five-hour ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta from Tuesday and the creation of a humanitarian corridor through which civilians could leave the militant-held area.
However, the chief of the group controlling the de-escalation zone in the area, Viktor Pankov, said Tuesday that not a single civilian had been able to leave the area via the corridor in the settlement of Vafidin, Russian news agencies reported.
Putin has recently warned that his patience with militant attacks in Syria’s Ghouta region was not indefinite.