Russian MoD Says Two Children Flee E. Ghouta under Terrorists' Fire via Humanitarian Corridor

Two children managed to flee Syria’s Eastern Ghouta overnight via a humanitarian corridor while being fired upon, the Russian military says. It added that terrorists keep shelling the corridors to prevent civilians from leaving.

“At night ... two children – a boy and a girl – managed to reach the humanitarian corridor. The Syrian military personnel who were on manning the checkpoint spotted their movement in advance, and were able to meet and cover them, as militants were firing at the children using small arms. Doctors and psychologists are now working with them,” spokesman for the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation Maj. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin told reporters on Friday, according to RT.

 The militants continue to prevent civilians from fleeing besieged Eastern Ghouta and sabotage the humanitarian operation there, ignoring the calls of the Russian Reconciliation Center.

 “Today, from the eastern outskirts of Douma locality, Jaysh Al-Islam militants fired mortars twice at the security corridor on the M2 road section that leads to the Mukhayyam al-Wafideen checkpoint,” the official said. “It is obvious that the shelling was carried out to prevent the exit of the civilian population wishing to leave Eastern Ghouta.”

The civilian population, trapped in eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital city of Damascus, is beginning to act against the militants’ blockade, Zolotukhin said. The Reconciliation Center has been receiving an influx of calls from the Eastern Ghouta residents with complaints about the militants violating the "ceasefire" and humanitarian pauses. Some civilians are even reportedly forming armed groups to try and break free from the area to reach the Syrian government forces.

 “We have received information on the dire humanitarian situation, food and medical shortages, as well as numerous complaints of repression conducted by militants,” the official stated. “There is evidence that some civil activists are uniting in small groups and getting armed with the aim of breaking the blockade of militants and entering the government-controlled territory.”