The Syrian Army troops continued their cleansing operation in Eastern Ghouta and managed to free tens of civilians that once were kidnapped by the terrorist groups in the newly-liberated town of Mesraba, field sources said on Sunday.
The sources said that the army men carried out mop-up operations in Mesraba and freed several families, including 60 women and children that were kidnapped by the militants and were used as human shield.
The sources went on to say that the kidnapped families were detained in a basement in Mesraba, adding that the army men sent the freed families to safe zones.
The sources said that more exit paths will be opened for evacuating civilians after the army took Mesraba back.
The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria in Humeimim reported on Friday that the terrorist groups opened fire at a convoy of 300 families who were trying to leave militant-held regions in Eastern Ghouta for government forces-held regions via a humanitarian corridor, killing and wounding a number of them.
Brigadier General Vladimir Zolotokhin, a spokesman for the Russian center, said that terrorists targeted a convoy of civilians, including 300 families, only 1 km South of the humanitarian corridor in the village of al-Maliha in Eastern Ghouta, setting fire at three vehicles.
Zolotokhin further said that terrorists hit the families with numerous mortar rounds in the presence of journalists, inflicting large casualties on them.
Head of the Russian Centers Major General Yuri Yevtushenko said a number of civilians were killed or wounded in Faylaq al-Rahman’s attack in the village of al-Maliheh.
He further said that the terrorists intensified their attacks on al-Wafedeen camp humanitarian corridor during the hours of the daily ceasefire to punish the fleeing civilians and block their exit path.