moscow - The Russian army offered fighters in the area around East Ghouta, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, a way out. The Ministry of Defense announced that transport will be made available for the fighters and their families. They can then leave a safe route and are allowed to use personal weapons \u0026 # x27; take.
It is assumed that mainly jihadist fighters are driven to the northwest of Syria, where groups of war control a part of the province of Idlib. One of the groups, the al-Rahman Legion, immediately reacted in the negative and states that Russia wants to deport people.
East Ghouta has been besieged by government troops for years. There are several combat groups active that mainly consist of Sunni extremists. They would still dominate a population of possibly 400,000 people. The fighters attack Damascus with rockets and grenades from the enclave.
At the end of 2016, after negotiations, besieged warriors who controlled the east of the city of Aleppo were evacuated under the supervision of Russians, among others. They have driven to areas of jihadists west of Aleppo. This ended the bloody battle for Aleppo, the second city of Syria. It was a huge defeat for the rebels and jihadists fighting the government of President Assad.
The loss of East Ghouta would also mean a big loss. The Sunni extremists, apart from Idlib in the northwest, still have some areas under control, in particular north of Hama, the town of Dumayr and areas along the Israel-occupied strip of Syria and the border with Jordan.