The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The regime forces restore control over the whole Eastern Ghouta except for Douma

The eighth and final batch of the displaced people from the central part of the Eastern Ghouta, which included tens of buses carrying more than 3000 civilians and fighters and their families displaced from the enclave controlled by Al-Rahman Corps in the Eastern Ghouta, is expected to move. Thus the regime forces became in control of 94% of the area of the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, where the engineering brigades and members of the regime forces are still entering the towns, from which thousands were displaced. The displacement and the control of the regime forces come after an agreement was reached between Al-Rahman Corps and the Russians, resulted in the displacement of 41400 thousand fighters and civilians who refuse the agreement. They were displaced from Zamalka, Arbin, Jobar and Ein Tarma towards the Syrian north through eight batches.

Raising to 195400 persons, the number of people displaced from the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, towards the Syrian North and to the regime’s controlled areas, including people stayed in the areas that the regime forces controlled within the Eastern Ghouta, in the enclave controlled by Al-Rahman Corps, and in the details documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the number of people got out through the crossings towards the regime’s controlled areas exceeded 108 thousand citizens, including 22 thousand left Douma, while about 40 thousand citizens stayed in the towns of Kafr Batna, Ein Tarma, Saqba and Harasta which the regime forces controlled, also about 46400 persons have displaced to the Syrian North they are: 5 thousand persons have displaced to the Syrian North from Harasta city which used to be controlled by Ahrar Al-Sham Islamic movement, and about 41400 persons including more than 12 thousand fighters of who have displaced from Zamalka, Arbin and Jobar controlled by Al-Rahman Corps to the Syrian North.

The Syrian observatory has documented the death of 1644 citizens including 344 children and 213 women, who have been killed since the 18th of February 2018, by the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling on the cities and towns of Douma, Harasta, Arbin, Zamalka, Hamouriyah, Jesrin, Kafr Batna, Hazza, Ash’ari, Nashabiyah, Aftries, Otaya, Al-Shifonyyah, Al-Marj area, Mesraba, Madyara, Beit Sawa, and other areas in the besieged Ghouta of Damascus, resulted in the injury of more than 5420 citizens including hundreds of children and citizen women with varying severity, some of them have permanent disabilities, while the bodies of tens of citizens are still under the rubble of destruction caused by the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling by the regime forces on the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, and the total death toll documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, includes 1112 casualties including 203 children and 130 women who were killed and documented by the SOHR after the resolution of the UNSC, which failed again to stop the killing of the people of the Eastern Ghouta, and the shelling resulted in the fall of hundreds of wounded, where the number of casualties may increase because of the presence of serious injuries.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented since the 25th of February 2018, and as a result of the violent clashes, the death of tens of members of the regime forces and their allies and of the Islamic factions operating in the Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian Observatory documented that the number of the members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them has increased to 520 at least, including 63 members at least of non-Syrian nationalities, and the total death toll includes more than 94 officers of different ranks from lieutenants to brigadiers, while it has increased to 405 at least, the number of the fighters of Al-Rahman Corps, Jaysh Al-Islam, Ahrar Al-Sham Islamic movement and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, who have been killed since the start of fighting on the 25th of February 2018, most of them are of the fighters of Al-Rahman Corps, and the SOHR also learned that there are tens of missing people and injuries in the ranks of the both parties.

It is noteworthy that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called on the residents of the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, to stay in their cities and towns, after the displacement of tens of thousands of people from the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, in conjunction with killing and injuring more than 7000 citizens in 34 successive days by the regime forces and Russia by the aerial, rocket and artillery strikes, on condition that the UN completely secure their stay, and provide guarantees that prevent the implementation of the Turkish-Russian agreement, leads to a simultaneous demographic change in both Eastern Ghouta of Damascus and Afrin, that the Russian occupation forces have to secure the area from mines and planted and unexploded bombs, to ensure the safety of the people in order to preserve their lives and for fear of the death of more citizens in the Eastern Ghouta which witnessed killing in all forms from killing by shells until the death due to starvation and disease.

High resolution map showing the controlled areas of the regime forces backed by their allied militiamen of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, after the displacement and military operation started on the 25th of February 2018

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