BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – Tens of thousands of civilians have stayed in their homes throughout various districts in Damascus’ East Ghouta region that are now under the control of government forces according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The often-cited Syrian conflict monitor claims that at least 37,000 residents of the East Ghouta region have remained in their houses in areas that the Syrian Army has since taken over from armed rebel groups.
The SOHR report also states that some 95,000 other civilians from areas of East Ghouta once under the control of militant groups have since passed into government held areas via evacuation corridors.
According to sources trusted by Al-Masdar News, anywhere between 250,000 to 300,000 people were present inside insurgent-controlled areas of East Ghouta prior to the Syrian Army’s ‘Damascus Steel’ offensive – this many indicate that up to half or more of the residential population has since come under government control.
Al-Masdar News is not claiming any of these numbers to be factual and is only citing them as a general point of reference.