BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to leave Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, in a statement delivered from Moscow on Monday.

The minister stressed that the decision follows the recently adopted UN Security Council resolution for establishing a humanitarian pause in Eastern Ghouta for 30 days.

“A humanitarian corridor will be opened for civilians to leave. The coordinates have been prepared and will be announced in the nearest future,” stated Shoigu. He also stressed that “Eastern Ghouta is not the only hotbed of tension for civilians and refugees” proposing similar humanitarian corridors and pauses for the areas of al-Tanf and Rukban.

Russia’s defence minister also announced a proposal to create “an international assessment humanitarian commission,” likely under the auspices of the UN, to monitor and “assess” the situation in Raqqa.

Source: Ruptly

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