The military operations carried out by the Syrian regime and its backing foreign allies in the Eastern Ghouta have led to the displacement of some 50,000 people since March 11, 2018, according to UN estimates.
The process of systematic displacement continued on the basis of the agreements reached between the armed factions controlling the various areas in the Eastern Ghouta and the Russian forces. On Friday, the second batch of civilians and fighters from the city of Harasta left the city, with 12 buses boarding 713 passengers, including 249 men, 207 fighters, 175 women and 285 children. On Thursday, the first batch of 30 buses carrying 1,540 passengers left. The number of people leaving the city to the north of Syria is expected to reach 8,000.
Today (24-3-2018), it was also announced that an agreement between Failaq al-Rahman, the armed opposition faction, controlling the towns of Arbin, Zamalka, Ain Terma and Jober neighborhood; and the Russian side has been reached so that they evacute the said areas, hand them over to the Russian military police, the exit of fighters and whoever wishes of the residents to the north of Syria , the evacuation of the wounded and the sick out of the Ghouta via the Red Crescent according to their wishes, to ensure their safety and not to pursue them after recovery, and to give them choice between returning to Ghouta or going to the Syrian north.