Tuesday, February 27, 2018

E. Ghouta terrorist/militants disrupted 1st day of ceasefire & went on offensive – Reconciliation Center

Reconciliation Center
The first five-hour ceasefire in Syria’s eastern Ghouta was sabotaged by armed groups holed up there, which shelled the humanitarian corridor and prevented civilians from leaving, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said.

“As of 14:30 local time, no one has left the area,” Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin, a spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, told journalists. “The militants do not let anyone out,” he said, adding that the situation on the ground remained “complicated” as the militants continued to shell the neighboring area, and even went on offensive against the Syrian Army positions.

The armed groups had been carrying out provocations for some five hours by conducting shelling around every 30 minutes, the general said, noting that the Syrian government forces observed the humanitarian pause and did not respond to the incitement. The attacks also targeted the recently established eastern Ghouta humanitarian corridor.
***The Western media, however, place the blame for the situation in eastern Ghouta solely on Damascus and Moscow. USA Today described the situation in the neighborhood as a “tragedy beyond words” in a dramatic piece, in which it accused Russia and the Syrian government of attempts to “oust the rebels.” The Guardian called eastern Ghouta “hell on earth,” claiming that local residents were “unaware” of any humanitarian corridors.

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