BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Eastern Ghouta humanitarian corridor announced earlier in the day “will open at 9 am and close at 2 pm near Douma and Arbeen,” beginning February 27, said Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic, during a briefing from the Khmeimim airbase on Monday.

“During this time Syrian governmental forces will stop striking terrorists. With the help of the Red Crescent Society a humanitarian corridor with an exit near Muhayam al-Wafedin has been created,” he stated.

Damascus, he also said, was struck by 228 shells launched from Eastern Ghouta over the course of the last week, killing four and injuring 50.

“Despite Jaysh al-Islam’s statements regarding reconciliation, Damascus is still being shelled from the territory it [Jaysh al-Islam] controls,” Yevtushenko stated.

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