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50,000 civilians evacuate Syria's Eastern Ghouta in 72 last hours: Report

Since an escalation of violence in Eastern Ghouta on February 18, a total of 1,394 civilians, including 271 minors and 173 women, have been killed, according to the SOHR

IANS  |  Damascus 

Syria Ghouta
Syria Ghouta

Some 30,000 civilians have evacuated Syria's rebel-held area on the outskirts of capital Damascus, according to a

report said mass evacuation took place on Saturday night through two crossings, one in Hamouriyeh and the other near the facility in Harasta.

The evacuation is ongoing and is the latest in a series of mass evacuations that began in on Thursday, reported.

Earlier on Saturday, the for Human Rights (SOHR) said that 50,000 civilians have evacuated over the past 72 hours.

Since an escalation of violence in Eastern Ghouta on February 18, a total of 1,394 civilians, including 271 minors and 173 women, have been killed, according to the SOHR.

The said it had captured 70 per cent of Eastern Ghouta, after splitting the area into sections to facilitate the battle against various rebel groups there.

Eastern Ghouta, a 105-square-km agricultural region consisting of several towns and farmlands, poses the last threat to the capital due to its proximity to government-controlled neighbourhoods east of and ongoing mortar attacks that target residential areas in the capital, pushing people over the edge.

Four major rebel groups are currently positioned inside Eastern Ghouta, namely the Islam Army, Failaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham and the Liberation Committee.

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First Published: Sun, March 18 2018. 14:20 IST
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