Over 13,000 civilians have been rescued from militant-held parts of eastern Aleppo with the help of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in the past 24 hours, while more than 700 militants have laid down their arms and surrendered to the Syrian army.
“Within the past 24 hours, 13,346 civilians have been evacuated from the Aleppo districts that remain under the control of militants with the assistance of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of warring parties, including 5,831 children. 728 militants have laid down their arms and crossed into the Western part of the city,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Monday morning.
Konashenkov added that all of the liberated residents have been accommodated at aid centers, where they are being supplied with warm food and medical aid, when needed.
Russian servicemen of the International Mine Action Centre are continuing to demine the neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo that have been freed from terrorists and rebel militants.
“In 24 hours, they have cleared a total area of 7.1 hectares, a school, a mosque, a kindergarten, police headquarters an about 3.5 kilometers of roads,” Konashenkov said. Earlier, the head of International Mine Action Centre, Igor Mikhailik, said that the sappers have been finding “on average, from 50 to 100 ordnances per day. About half of them are improvised explosive devices – including landmines guided via wires and radio – made by militants for use in various conditions.”
The Russian Center for Reconciliation is monitoring the withdrawal of civilians from the [militant-held] areas round the clock. An online broadcast of the evacuation of citizens is available at the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website.
Meanwhile, scores of civilians were seen returning to their homes in the al-Sakhour and al-Shaar districts in eastern Aleppo, as shown in the drone footage below. Government forces liberated the neighborhood over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army also officially managed to enter Al-Tall, a key suburb in rural Damascus, which has had been held by the rebels until now. That neighborhood is believed to be the last suburb northwest of Damascus that was still under militant control.